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I’ve wanted to post this recipe for so long that almost forgot about it. When I was a student I didn’t want to spend much time cooking, so the food was usually prepared well ahead of time, and then reheat, or simple dishes were all the time favorite, like boiled potatoes served with homemade pickles or macaroni a la flot, or famous salad vinegret was cooked pretty often. So, the recipe of this salad I read in one tiny little book with few recipes suitable for the Lent diet, when you’re not allowed to eat meat and dairy products; and I liked it from the first spoon (even though first time I didn’t use neither honey or coriander seeds) and since then I prepare it. I highly suggest not to omit coriander seeds, as they give so much flavor, and the simple beetroot salad turns into something special. And I love the idea that this bright salad can be made all year round and served whether as a starter or a healthy main dish (add some roast fish steaks on a side for the more nourishing meal).
Monastery beetroot salad with coriander seeds
- Boil or roast beetroots until ready to eat. Peel, cut into cubes or wedges.
- Saute onions in oil until translucent, add coriander seeds and fry for 1 minute more.
- Chop prunes and walnuts, combine with honey. Mix into beetroot.
- Drizzle with extra oil and honey, if desired. Sprinkle with some more coriander seeds and (optionally) with fresh chopped parsley or coriander.
Red pepper Dip
- Put all ingredients in a blender, blend until desired consistency.
- To make it thinner, add water – spoon by spoon, but not much!
- Serve with bread, crackers or even chicken.
This bright beetroot dip doesn’t contain salmon or any other fish raw. In my home-country vegetable spreads and dips that are mushed into a non-smooth consistency are often called caviar. In USSR fish caviar was an expensive product and most of the time was served over special occasions, but people have always wanted something tasty not only during holidays or weekend; and such vegetables as an eggplants, marrows and beetroots were cheap and available almost throughout the year, thus I guess economical version of the “caviar” was created.
Russian Beetroot Caviar
- Boil beetroots until soft. Cool, clean and chop.
- Chop the onion and fry in a oil until soft and golden, about 5 minutes.
- Finely chop cucumbers. Also finely chop or mush garlic.
- Blitz all ingredients in a food processor until desired consistency.
- Check the seasoning. Serve with rye bread or crackers.