Traditional Polish cold beetroot soup, chlodnik which you shouldn’t be afraid to serve during hot summer season
Although this dish originates in Lithuania (sometimes it is called Lithuanian cold soup “in Polish – Litewski Chlodnik”) it has a very long history in Poland. During the Jagiellonian era between 14-16 century, many people were traveling between both countries. They were not only exchanging traditions but also recipes. The dish was most popular during hot summer days, where people wanted to cool down. Thanks to its fine taste it was eaten not only in peasant houses but it also appeared on aristocratic tables.
The first recipe was published in a cookbook called Lithuanian Kitchen (“Kucharka Litewska”) already in 1854 and was written by Wincenta Zawadzka. But this was not the first time when this dish appeared in a book. In 1834 a famous Polish author (who also lived in Vilnius, Lithuania for several years) Adam Miczkiewicz mentioned the cold beetroot soup in his “Pan Tadeusz” book.
The recipe itself is very easy and the preparation doesn’t take a lot of time. And I believe that you will like the taste as well 🙂