Tarte buraki z chrzanem
Grated beetroots with horseradish

Ćwikła isn’t quite easy to pronounce so I’ve always just called it buraki, because that’s what is is. Buraki simpy means beetroots and this is a typical Polish condiment, served with roast or any kind of smoked meat or sausage. It is a must on the holiday table, regardless if it’s Christmas or Easter. Ćwikła basically consists of grated beetroots and horseradish. I prefer it with as much horseradish as possible, really hot and nice. Make a try next time you’ll make a Sunday roast!

    Dagmar’s buraki
    (makes 1 jar)

    800 gr beetroots
    20 gr (or even more) horseradish
    5 tbsp lemon juice
    0.5- 1 tbsp Maldon Sea Salt

    Clean the beetroots but don’t peel them. Boil them in water for about 1 hour, until they’re soft. Let the beetroots cool and them peel them. Grate the beetroots as finely as you can, myself I use my parmesan microplain. Just be careful not to get any nasty stains! Grate the horseradish aswell and mix it with the beetroots. Add the lemon juice and the salt. Taste. Add more horseradish if needed, this dish is supposed to be stingy. Fill up a hot sterilized jar with the mixture and keep in the fridge.

Grate the beetroots carefully

8 Responses to “Ćwikła”

  1. Ilva
    May 24th, 2006 11:07

    There you are! I have been wondering lately… Interesting recipe, I’ll try it when I find horse radish, it’s not easy down here!

  2. Pille
    May 24th, 2006 15:01

    We have exactly the same salad back home, Dagmar:) You can do beetroot salad with garlic, horseradish, mayonnaise – depending on the mood of the day.
    Nice to see you back!
    PS Will be in Stockholm on July 8th, I think, plus/minus a day or two. It would be great to meet up!

  3. Ivonne
    May 24th, 2006 18:01

    Wow! Look at that vivid colour! What a gorgeous accompaniment.

  4. Orchidea
    May 25th, 2006 10:26

    Nice! I like Polish food… and the Polish restaurant in Stockholm is one of my favorite, when I show it to people they all like it a lot.

  5. Catesa
    May 28th, 2006 19:31

    oh beets are so beautiful arent they? such vibrant colour and fantastic healthy benefits :D

  6. Dagmar
    June 2nd, 2006 18:34

    yes I know… I’m just lazy :-)

    Beetroot salad with garlic sounds really nice! It would be great to meet you! We should meet up with Anne and Kristina aswell!

    The colour is indeed wonderful!

    We always take our guests to the Polish restaurant, we were even there yesterday with Fredrik’s father!

    I love beets, they are both wonderful and yummy!

  7. matt
    October 12th, 2009 17:59

    I was looking for images of buraki in google and stumbled upon your site. I never thought of making them with horseradish but that sounds amazing. The way my mom taught me is vinegar, sour cream and sugar.

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