Kulajda – Sour Dill Soup

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Some foods seem to be an acquired taste, or maybe just for some people. I’m not sure, what I am sure of is that this soup is one my mother loves. We didn’t have it very often, my father wasn’t a fan and when we were growing up I wasn’t much of a fan either. I remember my mom would get a craving and she would make a small pot and she would savor it, often alone. But as with many of the other unusual flavors I wasn’t born loving, as a teenager I was curious and when I had a taste on one of those days she made a small pot, I fell in love with it.

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Perhaps it’s the love of sour that I share with my mom that won me over in this soup. Or perhaps it was just time. In any event, like my mom, I now make a small pot of this, when I have a craving and I savor it.

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If you have had or like the koprová omáčka – Dill Sauce that is so traditionally Czech you will probably like this as well.  Though I need to warn you, the traditional Dill Sauce is a sweet and sour combination, this soup has none of that sweetness, made without sugar it’s just a little tart… which I love.

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I know many Czechs would say that mushrooms are essential though I can tell you that often times we didn’t have mushrooms and my mom would have a craving so she would make it without them.  This is a truly Czech version that I found online Prava kulajda it can and has been adjusted many ways at my house, using extra vinegar and a bit of sour salt if we didn’t happen to have sour cream on hand.  Our versions weren’t always quintessential to the homeland but they were always good.

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Kulajda – Sour Dill Soup

  • 2-4 potatoes (peeled and chopped into small cubes)
  • 4-6 cups water (a little more than enough to cover the potatoes in a pot)
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorn
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar (regular white)
  • handful of chopped fresh or soaked dried mushrooms *optional 😉 if you dislike mushrooms
  • handful of chopped fresh dill
  • 1-2 tablespoons caraway seeds
  • Salt to taste

Rinse the chopped and peeled potatoes and cover with just a little more water than needed, add the bay leaves and peppercorns and caraway seeds if you’re using them.  Once the potatoes are soft, mix the flour (in a cup) in with the sour cream, mixing well.  Add liquid from the hot soup a couple of tablespoons at a time until it’s smooth and then (just to be safe and avoid lumps) run the mixture through a fine strainer back into the soup pot.  Bring to a simmer until the soup thickens.  Then add the vinegar, handful of mushrooms and chopped fresh dill.

This is where you can get a little fancy if you’re serving this right away.  Break open the eggs and allow them to cook in the soup (like poached eggs) for about 3 minutes until soft boiled.  Or you can make it the way I’ve always made it and once you add the eggs swirl through them with a fork so that you have broken chunks of eggs in the soup.  The more you swirl through them the smaller the chunks.

Serve and enjoy!

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