Broad Bean Soup. Kõrtsisupp

k6rtsisupp1(6)Beans are traditional Good Friday dish.

Barley has been cultivated in Estonia longer than any other crops – for over 4,000 years. And pearl barley has been a staple food for Estonians through the ages; it has even been a food fit for celebrations. In the olden days, the tradition in Estonian villages was to make sauerkraut soup with pork and barley groats on Thursdays and Sundays.

You can cook this soup on the traditional way: swell beans and barley overnight. Prepare beautiful and delicious broth, and cook up to 2 hours.

But I recommend the easier and faster ”everyday version”:

This soup has enough flavours, so you can cook this without meat. If needed add some meat leftovers or strengthen flavour with ready broth.
And Use prepared/canned beans and barley groats.

Broad Bean Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A nutritious full of flavours vegetable soup



  • (stock from 1,3 kg smoked meat)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 1 glove of garlic
  • 4-5 marinated or pickled cucumbers
  • 4 potatoes
  • 100 g prepared/canned beans
  • 100 g prepared barley groats
  • 50 g butter
  • salt, pepper, bay leaf


  1. Melt butter and add chopped onion, garlic, carrot and barley. Mix.
  2. Add boiling water or broth. Season with pepper, salt and bay leaf
  3. Bring to boil and remove the foam
  4. When carrot is semi soft, add chopped potatoes
  5. When potatoes are soft, add cucumbers cubes and prepared beans
  6. In case you like to, and if you used water not broth, strengthen taste with stock cubes or add sliced smoked ham or meat
  7. Let set and season finally.


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20 thoughts on “Broad Bean Soup. Kõrtsisupp

  1. Your dishes are so unique and I will try one of these recipe some day. Most of the ingredients are not on the island where I live. We have a tradition in Jamaica to eat bun and cheese during the Easter holiday. Have a blessed weekend.

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  2. Well…I’m certainly pleased. I have wondered how I could, or whether I would dare, add cucumber to the hot soups I love to create. Your simple soup looks very tasty. I love all the ingredients; although I will have to search for the barley groats. No worries…Amazon may have them.

    The vegetarian in me thanks you!


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