Vegetarian pickled cucumber soup with pearl barley

2020-01-14 Recipe Author

Vegetarian pickled cucumber soup with pearl barley
Pickled cucumber soup is one of the most famous soups in Eastern Europe. Pickling is one of the oldest methods of food preservation as it was the only way to preserve various food for future consumption before the refrigeration. Pickling process generally is traced back to India as it is believed to have originated about 4-5k years ago. Food production were increased in the summer because of hot weather and lack of water. There was a need to preserve excess food produced in winters and the process of picking was invented to solve this problem. Asian style pickles were made using salt, oil and dry chili powder mixed with condiments. However, nowadays there is a lot of different ways to pickle fruit,veggies or even meat. Mostly it depends on the region. Let's take a look at most popular pickles around the World.

Pickles in India:
Traditionally they use unripe fruits such as mangoes, tamarinds, lemons and Indian goosberry. Also, various vegetables are used such as bitter gourd, gherkin, ginger, garlic, carrot, onion, cauliflower, citron and jackfuit are also pickled. Sometimes they mix of two or more vegetables or unripe fruits to pickle, yet in many cases only one fruit or vegetable is used for pickling. Also, in India it is popular to make non-vegetarian pickles from chicken, fish, mutton and prawns.

Pickles in Korea:
Kimchi (famous traditional side dish of salted and fermented vegetables) is the most common product to pickle in Korea which is made with fermented spicy cabbage, also includes various vegetables such as soybeans, oysters, fish and other ingredients. Origins of Korean pickling belongs to China, yet the main difference is that Korean pickling has it own variations in accordance to the local flavor and available ingredients.

Pickles in China:

Pickles in China are very popular and the process of pickling has been there for thousands of years. Main vegetables for pickles are lettuce, bitter melon, cucumber, carrot, cabbage and shallot. They mix vegetables with salt and sugar and place them to vinegar. They also stores eggs by applying salt, hay, earth and other ingredients and seal to mature for about 1 month. In some pickling processes instead of vinegar, soy sauce is included for fermentation and in other varieties seasoning such as garlic, ginger, chili or peppercorns are used to create hot and characteristic flavor.

Pickles in Japan:
In Japan pickles mainly includes carrot, ginger, gingko nut, radish, eggplant, plum, soybean paste and green apricot along with parboiled vegetables.

Fresh pickles:
Yes, also this type of pickles exist. Other name is instant pickles, also known as chutneys. They are prepared to last only for couple of days, There is a lot of different choices to prepare instant pickles. For preparation many vegetables, herbs and seasoning are used. They are very similar to sauces and ketchup. 

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    • 5 potatoes
    • 1 carrot
    • 1 onion
    • 1 slice of garlic
    • 3 tablespoons of pearl barley
    • 5 pickled cucumbers
    • 30 grams of butter
    • 1,5 litres of water
    • pinch of salt
    • pinch of black peppers
    • bunch of dill
    • few bay leaves
    • sour cream (the amount depends on your taste)

    Recipe Directions

  1. 1. Firstly you have to fill up pearl barley with cold water and leave it overnight (they will boil faster this way).
  2. filled pearl barley
  3. 2. The next day you can peel vegetables. Cut the potatoes into cubes.
  4. cut potatoes into cubes
  5. 3. Cut the carrot into slices.
  6. cut carrot into slices
  7. 4. Chop the onion.
  8. chopped onion
  9. 5. Chop the garlic.
  10. chopped garlic
  11. 6. Now you can add pearl barley, potatoes, bay leaves, salt, pepper, water to the pot and boil the soup
  12. 7. Melt the butter in a pan.
  13. melted butter
  14. 8. Add sliced carrots, garlic and onion. Bake it until vegetables gets soften.
  15. 9. Add veggies mixture from the pan to the soup pot.
  16. 10. Cut the pickles into cubes.
  17. chopped pickles
  18. 11. Put it in another pot, fill with water to cover and boil it for about 15 minutes.
  19. 12. Drain the cucumbers. Add them to the soup. Boil everything together for about 5 minutes.
  20. 13. Taste if the flavor is correct. Season with chopped dill and a tablespoon of sour cream. Serve and enjoy!

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