Vegetarian Borscht


  • 2 small beets, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, or as needed
  • 1onion, chopped
  • 2carrot, coarsely grated
  • 8 cups water
  • ¼ medium head cabbage, shredded
  • ¾ cup dry yellow lentils
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Combine beets and vinegar in a small frying pan over low heat. Cook, while stirring, until soft, about 15 minutes.


  • Step 2

    Heat oil in a large frying pan over low heat while beets are cooking. Add onion and stir for 2 minutes. Add carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    In the meantime, bring water to a simmer in a large saucepan. Add cabbage and lentils. Cook for 10 minutes. Add potatoes and cook for 10 minutes more. Stir in cooked beets and onion-carrot mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Add tomato paste and simmer until all vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes more. Serve with sour cream and dill.

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