I just came from my trip to Russia, and in one of the restaurants i had this absolutely beautiful cold soup called Okroshka. My friend, who knows how to make it really well, kindly gave me the recipe.
I find this soup very healthy and refreshing, with a help of all the goodness from veges and probiotic powers of kefir. And it especially desirable on a hot day.
You can use different kind of meats for this soup- chicken (boiled or smoked), smoked duck, beef. I made mine with a boiled chicken and it came out spectacular.
Try to cut all the ingredients similar to each other, generally aim for 1*1 cm pieces.
Keep all the dry ingredient in a air tight container and only mix it with liquid part, just before consumption.
Chicken- whole, boiled with couple of bay leaves, few peppercorns and some salt. Cooled down, meat removed and finely chopped.
Eggs- 6-8 boiled, cooled, chopped.
Cucumbers- 3 Lebanese , chopped.
Radishes- 8 medium sized, chopped.
Potatoes- 3 medium sized, boiled , cooled and chopped.
Chives- 1 bunch chopped.
Parsley- 1 cup, chopped (set aside 1/3)
Dill- 1 cup , chopped (set aside 1/3)
Kefir- 1/2 cup per serving.
Sparkling mineral water- 1/2 cup per serving.
Garlic- 2 large cloves, chopped.
Reserved dill and parsley.
Salt- 2 teaspoons.
Black pepper- 1 teaspoon.
Mustard to taste.
Mix all dry ingredients together and set aside.
In a blender mix garlic, parsley, dill and salt with pepper, and process till smooth. Set aside.
Pour in a dip soup plate your dry ingredients.
Whisk kefir and water together. Add to your dry ingredients. Top up with a herb/salt mixture (add gradually as it quite salty), finally add mustard to taste and it’s ready.