A colourful and enticing chilled soup prepared using beetroots, crème fraiche and horseradish.


  • 300g (3 medium) beetroot

  • 500ml vegetable stock

  • 100g (1 medium) floury potato

  • 1 small lebanese cucumber

  • 1 eschallot

  • 250ml kefir (or greek yoghurt)

  • 1/2 to 1 lemon, juiced, to taste

  • Salt and white pepper, to taste

  • 60ml crème fraiche

  • 1 1/2 tbsp chives, very finely chopped

  • 1-2cm piece of fresh horseradish


  • 1.

    Using gloves, peel and coarsely chop the beetroot. Peel and chop the potatoes. Place in a pot with the vegetable stock and cook until tender, then chill.

  • 2.

    Peel and roughly chop eschallots, chop cucumber and place in a blender with the cooled beetroot mix and kefir. Blend until smooth, then top with enough cold water to make 1.2L. Blend again to mix and season to taste with salt, pepper and as much lemon juice as you like.

  • 3.

    Pour into bowls, top with a dollop of crème fraiche, chopped chives and finely grate horseradish over the top.

  • Tip::

  • 1.

    If you can’t find fresh horseradish, use “eksal” or “krakus” brand preserved horseradish, available in the international or kosher section of your supermarket, or at any Polish or Russian deli. Blend the preserved horseradish with the ingredients in step 2.

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