Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Hungarian Mushroom Soup
by Cheryl Kujawinski

2 tablespoons of butter
1 onion, chopped
8 ounces of mushrooms, cut into large chunks
2 teaspoons of fresh dill, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of paprika
1 red chili, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons of tamari sauce
2 cups of vegetable stock, or 2 cups of water + 1 teaspoon of celery seed
3/4 cup of yogurt
1/4 cup of buttermilk
2 heaping tablespoons of wheat flour
sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
juice from one lemon
1/2 cup of sour cream
1/4 cup of parsley, chopped

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. When hot, add the onions and saute for approximately 5 – 7 minutes or until softened and translucent. Raise the heat slightly, add the mushrooms and saute for another 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are cooked and just begin to release their juices. Add the dill, paprika, tamari, stock or water and red chili. Simmer on low heat, uncovered, for 12 – 15 minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, buttermilk, and flour. Stir the yogurt mixture into the pot. Cover and cook gently for another 12 – 15 minutes. Add the lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream and parsley.

Garnish with chopped dill, parsley and a sprinkle of paprika.
Serves 4 -6.

TCM Breakdown-

Mushrooms-Cool, sweet, SP/ST, clear heat and toxicity, strengthens Qi, boosts Wei Qi, lowers cholesterol
Onions-Warm, Acrid, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, regulates Qi, reduces toxins
Buckwheat-Cool, Sweet, descends Qi, alleviates wind headaches, strengthens ST, lowers blood pressure, strengthens blood vessels
Lemon-Cool, sour, regenerates body fluids, regulates Qi, quenches thirst, treats sore throats, treats hypertension, harmonizes ST
Wheat-Sweet, Sl. Cool, SP/HT/KD, supplements Qi, nourishes HT, calms shen, reduce thirst, clear heat, promote diuresis, stops sweating
Over all, this recipe has the ability to anchor the Liver Qi, while boosting the Spleen and Stomach to prevent Liver over acting on Spleen.
Buttermilk / sour cream / yogurt: strong nourishing to qi and blood; counteracted by the onions which move qi.