Tarator an excellent cold soup
Tarator is a Bulgarian cold cucumber soup is made with yogurt, walnuts and dill. This is a no-cook refreshing summer offering that also can be left thicker and served as a dip.
How to prepare an excellent tarator?
2 cucumbers(about 5-6 inches long), grated or finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely grated or minced( you can easily add more, if you like)
8 walnut halves, finely grated or minced (optional)
1 cup yoghurt( I love using Mountain High Yoghurt)
dill to taste, preferably fresh*
salt to taste
black pepper to taste
pinch or 2 of cayenne pepper, optional
oil, to taste( sunflower, walnut, etc….I used olive oil)
1/2 cup water(+/-), to thin out the soup
a pinch of sugar ( totally optional, but I find it balances the tartness of the yoghurt)
Grate the cucumbers, garlic and walnuts. Add yogurt and mix to combine. Add seasoning( dill, salt, pepper and cayenne(if using)) Thin out the soup by adding some cold water.
Drizzle a bit of oil (this brings it all together) and mix again. Adjust seasoning and refrigerate for at least half hour.
Serve with a sprinkle of extra chopped walnuts, dill and a few drops of oil.