Tarator – a Bulgarian Yogurt and Cucumber Soup

tarator

Tarator is a cold soup made of yogurt and cucumbers. It is excellent in the summertime and helps cool your parched self and quench your thirst better than anything else. You can of course eat it any other time too but you will appreciate its icy chill more when the temperatures around you increase. So when the blazing sun is out scorching your head, you know it’s time to whip up a quick tarator.

People in Bulgaria has been making tarator for as long as they had been making yogurt. Our tarator recipe in fact is so good  that it was featured in NYTimes. And here it is so you can make it at home.

Ingredients

1 long cucumber, peeled, chopped or grated
1 garlic clove, minced or smashed
4 cups Bulgarian yoghurt
1 cup water
salt to taste
1 tablespoon dill, finely chopped (optional)
4 walnuts, crushed (optional)
3 teaspoons sunflower oil (you can substitute with any other vegetable oil but sunflower tastes best in tarator)

Preparation

Add all ingredients together without the oil and mix well. When ready garnish with the oil. Chill before serving.

 

Get some yogurt starter and then make some tarator!