Polish Sour Rye Soup (Zurek) Recipe

I don’t recall my Mom or Grandmother making the starter (sour mixture called ‘zakwas’) because you can easily get it in every store in Poland. However, if you don’t near the Polish neighborhood, you might have a trouble finding it on the grocery shelf and make it yourself. Recipe here soon.

In this recipe I will show you the meatless ‘lent’ version of the soup that is limited to potatoes, mushrooms. This one is a traditional Easter dish.


INGREDIENTS – Rye Sour Soup:
-1 onion (100g), chopped
-1 large potato (300g), peeled and diced (1 cup diced potatoes)
-250g fresh mushroom, peeled, sliced
-oil for frying
-1,5l water
-2 bay leaves
-3 allspice seeds
-salt, pepper
-2 tbsp sour cream (optional)
-1 tsp grated horseradish (optional)
-1 tsp thyme

1. Fry onion on oil on low heat until soft
2. Add garlic, potatoes and mushroom and fry for 3 min on low heat stirring (do not burn)
3. Add 1,5l water, 2 tsp salt, bay leaves, allspice and bring to boil. Cook 15 min or until potatoes are soft (it depends on potato type).
4. Add starter and bring to boil. The soup will thicken as there is flour in the starter. Cook 3 minutes stirring.
5. (Optional) Mix together 1/2 cup of sour cream with 1 tbsp grated horseradish. Add some soup to mixture and still until smoith, then slowly add to all soup stirring all the time so it mixes well. Bring slowly to boil and turn off.


This soup can be served with hard-boiled egg, white beans, bread.


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2 thoughts on “Polish Sour Rye Soup (Zurek) Recipe

  1. You mention that a recipe for the starter is going to be made available. I had this soup a few years ago while visiting the UK’s Lake District. I’d love to make it but without the recipe for the starter, it’s not likely to happen. Thanks in advance!

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