Aukstá Zupa: Cold Beetroot Soup

This is a decadent dish that is perfect for a cool autumn evening.

Aukstá Zupa: Cold Beetroot Soup

Aukstá Zupa: Cold Beetroot Soup


Janis Andzans
Designer & Illustrator




500g Marinated beets (4 cups)
2 fresh cucumbers
3 medium radishes
1 litre kefir (4 cups)
Spring onions
4 boiled eggs

About this Recipe

Aukstā Zupa is the most popular Latvian cold soup and is eaten every summer in enormous quantities. It will cool you down even on the hottest day. Aukstā Zupa is a seasonal dish, so it’s practically impossible to find it in winter on any menu. There are numerous versions of this dish and all of them taste amazing. The spectacular pink color is always gonna cheer you up.

  • Pour kefir into a large pot.
  • Add beetroot, chopped cucumbers, radishes, fresh dill, and spring onions.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and mustard to taste.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Then leave the soup in the refrigerator until well-chilled.
  • Serve with a hard-boiled egg cut in half.

Tip: Use only the strong Russian Mustard