Traditional Lithuanian Cold Soup

Certainly! The traditional Lithuanian cold soup is called “šaltibarščiai” and is a refreshing and delicious dish, perfect for hot summer days. Here’s a recipe:


  • 2 medium beetroots, peeled and grated
  • 4 cups of cold water
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, diced
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of kefir or buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon of sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper


  1. In a large bowl, combine the grated beetroots with 4 cups of cold water. Add salt and pepper to taste, then stir well. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Once the beetroot mixture is chilled, strain it through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the kefir or buttermilk and sour cream until smooth. Add the strained beetroot liquid and whisk again until well combined.
  4. Add the diced cucumber, hard-boiled eggs, scallions, dill, and parsley to the soup. Stir well.
  5. Serve the cold soup in bowls, garnished with extra herbs or sliced scallions, if desired.

Enjoy your delicious traditional Lithuanian cold soup!

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