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.