4 servings

Tarator* is the most preferred cold soup in Bulgaria – very fresh and cooling, especially in the summer. For foreigners, it is quite unusual – some people dislike it after the first spoon, others fall in love with it forever.


1 kg of Greek yogurt (I prefer a higher % fat)

2 big cucumbers

50 g dill, finely chopped

1/2 garlic head, pressed

cold water (for dilution)

salt to taste

olive oil with chili, to taste (optional)

chopped walnuts and dill (cut) for sprinkling


Grate the cucumbers on a coarse grater (or cut them very finely).

Pour yogurt in a large bowl, add cucumbers, garlic and dill (leave a little for decoration). Stir well. Dilute with a little water (the amount of water depends on the density of the milk). I prefer it not too watery and to feel more milky taste.

Season with salt, sprinkle with chili, olive oil, walnuts and dill.

Tarator is eaten cold.