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Kamile Niunevaite | University of Sunderland

Journalism BA (Hons)


Have you ever tried eating a cold soup which is pink? Every Lithuanian would say ‘Yes, of course and it’s one of the best dishes ever.’ I can imagine how weird it sounds but it really is.

Pink Soup

This traditional Lithuanian soup is called Šaltibarščiai (shalt-eh-barsh-chay) but other people started calling it Pink soup. This ‘strange meal’ is the best choice to eat when it’s hot outside as it’s  served cold. It’s so incredibly quick and easy to make it that it could be involved in ‘Jamie’s Oliver 5-minute recipes’ (ok, maybe 15 minutes, depends how quick you can chop vegetables).

If you already think ‘I should try it myself’, here I will tell you how:

You will need:
(for 6 bowls)

  • 1½ litres kefir (in Lithuania you can find special ones for Šaltibarščiai, but any of them is OK )
  • 200 g boiled & cooled beetroot
  • 1 cucumber
  • green onion leaves
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • a bunch fresh dill
  • a glass of water
  • 200g potatoes as a side


What comes next:

  • peel the potatoes,  put them in a boiling water (with a good pinch of salt) and boil it for about 20-30 minutes
  • take a big bowl for a soup and pour  kefir and water into it
  • grate the beetroots
  • slice a cucumber
  • chop the eggs into small dice
  • chop onion leaves to small pieces
  • chop the dill
  • put everything into soup bowl
  • taste it and add some salt if needed
  • serve the potatoes on a side plate so that they won’t heat the soup
  • enjoy (:
  • Name: Kamile Niunevaite
  • Age: 18
  • Studying: Journalism BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Panevežys, Lithuania
  • Ambitions: I am planning to make a career as a journalist and my dream is to work for a magazine.

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