Monday, July 18, 2011

Finnish Summer Vegetable Soup (Kesäkeitto)

I like to cook and even though I'm nowhere near a chef, it is usually tasty enough.
Every once in a while, I tend to make some more effort and 'really' cook.
One of my favorites is a Finnish vegetable soup called Kesäkeitto.

Traditionally it was made from fresh summer vegetables and enjoyed as a light lunch soup.
I am not sure what the Fins call a light meal, but combined with some home made bread it makes a very tasty and filling dinner as well.

Now, let's get started.
First the ingredients for 3-4 servings.

- 500 gr (18 oz) fresh vegetables to your liking. Can be a mix of carrot, peas, broccoli, grean beans. Whatever.
- Some salt
- 25 g (1 oz) frying butter
- 25 g (1 oz) flour
- Some stock powder
- Peper
- 1 dl (1 3/8 fl oz) whipped cream
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch or something else to bind the soup
- 200 g (7 oz) peeled pink shrimps
- 2 tablespoons of chopped dill.


First boil up 1 liter (1/4 gallon) of water with some salt.
Then boil the vegetables for about 10 minutes.

In the meantime, mix the egg yolk, the cream and the cornstarch until smooth.

Drain the cooking fluid (Don't throw away!!!) and separate the vegetables.

Then heat up the frying pan with the butter

 And fry the flour gently until light brown.

Pour in half of the earlier drained cooking fluid, bring to a boil again and stir until smooth.
Then pour in the rest of the fluid.

Add pepper and stock powder to taste.
Gently simmer and whip the cream paste through the soup.

Now it's time to add the vegetables and the shrimps and heat up the soup until just reaching the boiling point.

And it finished! Serve it with the dill and thick slices of freshly baked bread.
Best enjoyed in the company of good friends and family!

Eet smakelijk, Hyvää Ruokahalua!


  1. jammie, ziet er lekker uit, maar dan wel zonder de garnalen voor deze vegagirl!

  2. Thanks Fatima, eet smakelijk!

  3. I would like to follow/join/read your blog, especially because it contains weird amount of Finnish related stuff and words....but i cant, there is not a working "followers" link.

  4. I know, there's something not configured right since some recent changes to blogspot. Unfortunately I haven't found out what/how to fix it...
    But you can still read the posts right?

  5. Yep, if i remember all the blogs that i am following ;)