Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs
Soothing and delicious--with bits of cucumber. Better the second day than the first, if it lasts that long.
- 2 -3 cups diced cucumbers
- 3 -4 tablespoons minced chives
- 4 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 2 tablespoons dried dill
- 1⁄2 bunch fresh parsley, minced
- 1 quart buttermilk
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- salt and pepper
- crushed garlic (optional)
- minced scallion (optional)
- minced of fresh mint (optional)
- Mix ingredients.
- Chill overnight, or at least 3-4 hours.
- This also works well in smaller servings as a counterpoint to spicy foods (like raita).
Your recipe is the same as one a neighbour gave me almost 30 years ago. She was from a German Mennonite background and I treasure every recipe she shared. This is the easiest soup I've ever made. If the ingredients are all cold, the soup is delicious right away on a hot day, but yes, better if allowed to mingle together for several hours. Another optional ingredient my dear friend sometimes added was cooked, shredded beets which gave the soup a lovely pink colour and additional flavour. (Now I just used canned beets.) Either way, this is a real keeper.
I made a half recipe of this tasty soup at 10 am this morning for 2 of us to eat as a starter for our dinner this evening. I used all dried herbs + the garlic & mint. I was a little unclear how much parsley, garlic & mint to use, but see this as part of the beauty of the recipe. You can make it as written & then adjust to suit your taste pref the next time. Thx for sharing this recipe w/us. :-)
I used 3 cups of English cukes for this, peeled, seeded, and diced. I put some of the cucumber with the yogurt and some of the buttermilk in the blender, but left the rest of the cucumber in chunks. Wasn't sure what half a bunch of parsley translated to, so I used about 1/4 cup minced of italian parsley. Added some salt and white pepper. Made it before lunch to eat at dinner. I thought both the dill and parsley flavors were a bit strong, and I think I might add more cucumber next time. still overall, a cool and refreshing soup.