Tarator – the strange but delightful Bulgarian cold soup


Traditional Bulgarian yogurt cold soup

Few things are so traditionally Bulgarian as Tarator. It is one of the most beloved and easy to make Bulgarian dishes.


Tarator1 long cucumber, chopped or grated (we prefer it peeled)
1 garlic clove, minced or smashed
4 cups yoghurt
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt (we like it saltier)
1 tablespoon dill, finely chopped
4 big pecans, well crushed
3 teaspoons olive oil



Put all those together and mix well. When ready garnish with olive oil (or other favorite oil).
Best when chilled.

Hint: Try it with no dills and pecans – Bulgarian restaurants favorite.

About Tarator

Tarator is a cold summer soup made of yogurt and cucumbers. It is served chilled. Local variations may replace yogurt with water and vinegar, omit nuts or dill, or add bread. The cucumbers may on rare occasions be replaced with lettuce or carrots.

Bulgarian: таратор




A tarator popcikle :



If you add gelatine to your tarator you can get interesting results



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