This recipe is from the grandma of one of my good friends growing up. She was from the Republic of Georgia. She would make this soup with hearty beef chunks during the winter and chilled with homemade chicken broth during the summer. I love the deep purple color and how it turns pink once the sour cream is added. This soup is delicious and will have you dreaming of East Europe.
Add beets, potatoes and carrots and cook until slightly tender.
Add garlic and saute another minute.
Add bay leaves, water, and broth (don't add all water and broth at once, add combined 8 cups then 1 to 2 cups more of broth towards the end if needed). Bring back up to heat and simmer until all vegetables are cooked.
Add cabbage, white vinegar, pepper, salt, and dill. Cook until cabbage is tender.