Creamy and Tangy Czech Mushroom & Dill Soup (Kulajda)


Date Published: Dec 25th, 2022 | Last Updated: Dec 25th, 2022
Author: Abby |Category: soups, appetizers, <30mins, easy, mains, vegetarian
Serves: 4-6 | Prep time: 20 mins | Cook time: 45 mins

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What is Kulajda?

Kulajda (pronounced “koo-lie-duh”) is a creamy and tangy mushroom, dill and potato soup that is traditional to Southern Czech. We first came upon it on our trip to Prague this past summer. Apart from all the nostalgic Czech dishes that Toby wanted to have (including steak tartare), we also googled some famous must-have Czech dishes that led us to the historical Michelin-guided restaurant, Café Imperial. There were SO many delicious things at this restaurant but my all-time favourite was the kulajda. In fact, I liked it so much that I was on the lookout for it at every subsequent restaurant we went to on our trip around Czech! The flavour combination of savoury and tangy and highlighting the ingredients of mushrooms and dill were out of this world. It was a combination that was new to me and I loved it!

After googling recipes and experimenting with a few, I’ve come up with this version that is a mix of a couple of different recipes that resulted in a soup just like the one at Café Imperial. 😊 The soup was surprisingly easy and straightforward to make. If it wasn’t so heavy, I’d probably make this all the time 😜.

Anyways, without further ado, here’s the recipe! If you have any comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section! You can follow me on instagram, youtube and facebook to see all the recipes I post!

Happy cooking!

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 40g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 4 whole allspice berries
  • 2 cups (480ml) water
  • 40g (1/3 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 Tbsps (40g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups (720ml) beef or chicken broth
  • 500g potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 3/4 cups (180ml) heavy cream
  • 2-3 Tbsps white wine vinegar (start with 2 Tbsps and add more if you prefer it more tart)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar (or more to taste)
  • 3 Tbsps fresh dill leaves, chopped (no stems) + additional for garnish
  • 1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper (or more to taste)
  • 4 eggs

Directions:

In a small saucepan, add the dried porcini mushrooms, bay leaves, and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil then turn down the heat to simmer for 15 mins. After 15 mins, turn off the heat and set aside.

While the mushrooms are simmering, make a basic roux: In a medium sized soup pot on MED heat, melt the butter, then gradually sprinkle in the flour bit by bit while stirring until it’s all incorporated and you end up with a thick paste. Don’t add in the flour all at once or you’ll get a big clump of dough.

Once you get a thick paste, slowly pour in the beef broth while continuously stirring to ensure no clumps form.

Strain the mushrooms from the saucepan in step 1 and pour the mushroom-soaked water into the beef broth pot. Bring to a boil and simmer with a lid on for 10 minutes. Set the mushrooms aside and discard the bay leaves and allspice berries.

After 10 mins, add the potatoes and soaked mushrooms to the soup and continue simmering for another 15 minutes or until the potatoes soften.

Turn off the heat and stir in the cream, white wine vinegar, sugar, and dill. Taste and adjust salt, sugar, or vinegar to your liking. Let the soup rest for a few minutes before serving.

While the soup is resting, poach 4 eggs.

When serving, add a poached egg to each bowl and pour the soup overtop. Sprinkle extra dill leaves on top to finish. Enjoy!

Summarized Recipe:

Creamy and Tangy Czech Mushroom & Dill Soup (Kulajda)

Date Published: Dec 25th, 2022 | Last Updated: Dec 25th, 2022
Author: Abby |Category: soups, appetizers, <30mins, easy, mains, vegetarian
Serves: 4-6 | Prep time: 20 mins | Cook time: 45 mins

Ingredients:

  • 40g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 4 whole allspice berries
  • 2 cups (480ml) water
  • 40g (1/3 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 Tbsps (40g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups (720ml) beef or chicken broth
  • 450g potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 3/4 cups (180ml) heavy cream
  • 2-3 Tbsps white wine vinegar (start with 2 Tbsps and add more if you prefer it more tart)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar (or more to taste)
  • 3 Tbsps fresh dill leaves, chopped (no stems) + additional for garnish
  • 1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper (or more to taste)
  • 4 eggs

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, add the dried porcini mushrooms, bay leaves, and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil then turn down the heat to simmer for 15 mins. After 15 mins, turn off the heat and set aside.
  2. While the mushrooms are simmering, make a basic roux: In a medium sized soup pot on MED heat, melt the butter, then gradually sprinkle in the flour bit by bit while stirring until it’s all incorporated and you end up with a thick paste. Don’t add in the flour all at once or you’ll get a big clump of dough.
  3. Once you get a thick paste, slowly pour in the beef broth while continuously stirring to ensure no clumps form.
  4. Strain the mushrooms from the saucepan in step 1 and pour the mushroom-soaked water into the beef broth pot. Bring to a boil and simmer with a lid on for 10 minutes. Set the mushrooms aside and discard the bay leaves and allspice berries.
  5. After 10 mins, add the potatoes and soaked mushrooms to the soup and continue simmering for another 15 minutes or until the potatoes soften.
  6. Turn off the heat and stir in the cream, white wine vinegar, sugar, and dill. Taste and adjust salt, sugar, or vinegar to your liking. Let the soup rest for a few minutes before serving.
  7. While the soup is resting, poach 4 eggs.
  8. When serving, add a poached egg to each bowl and pour the soup overtop. Sprinkle extra dill leaves on top to finish. Enjoy!

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