Cooling summer dish from Uzbekistan

Cooling Summer Dish

This weekend when the weather got unusually hot, I was pleased with myself for remembering a recipe for a cooling dish that my grandma used to cook on hot summer days back in my home country of Uzbekistan. Summers are super-hot there and any summer feast includes a cooling dish. The cooling properties of this dish come from the chilled yogurt base and lots of greens. Green in Chinese Medicine is a very cooling color that is, among other things, very good for your liver. In Russian, this dish is called “okroshka” which means “chopped up”. This summer’s sun blessed my garden with a good harvest of cucumbers, radishes and dill so with this dish, I found the way to eat them fresh!

The recipe calls for

3 eggs hard boiled
2 potatoes boiled
1 bunch of radishes
1 bunch of dill
1 bunch of green onions
1 garlic clove pressed
3 large cucumbers
1 pint of fat free yogurt

Chop vegetables and dill into cubes.  Mix yogurt with 2 cups of cold water.  Add vegetables to yogurt mix.  Add salt and/or pepper to taste.

Voila, your cooling, liver loving, vegetarian summer soup is ready in 15 minutes!

Yours in Health!
Peninsula Natural Health Center
Oksana Mulyukova, ND

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