Cold Cucumber Soup or Tarator

These days I’m all about super fast foods, done in just 10-15 minutes.Supa rece castraveti

This particular recipe brings back childhood memories because my father would always do this one in the summertime. Living in a small town close to the Bulgarian border the local food has a great Balkan influence and this recipe is no different.

Tarator is a cold soup served in the summertime, popular in countries like Macedonia, Albany, southeastern Serbia and even Turkey although the Turkish version has tahini instead of yogurt.

 You’ll need:

  • Fabio cucumber 1
  • Garlic cloves 2
  • Dill 1 cup
  • Yogurt 2 cups
  • Buttermilk 1 cup
  • Olive oil 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt
  • Walnuts ½ cups


If you refrigerate all the ingredients necessary for this recipe you’ll have a wonderful cold soup in less than 10 minutes. Also you’ll need a medium size glass bowl for preparing and serving this dish.

Let’s get this started!

Cucumber should be peeled (or not – as you wish), seeds remove and chopped finely. Garlic crushed and made into a paste, add to the bowl. Chop your dill and divide it in two, half for the cucumber and garlic mixture and half for decorating.

I know you can hardly believe it but we’re almost done.

Pour over the yogurt and add buttermilk just enough to reach the consistency you’re pleased with. Add olive oil, pinch of salt and you have a nice and cold cucumber soup ready to be served.

You can also add some walnuts just before you serve it or you can through them into the mixture with the oil and salt (or you can just forget about them like I did).


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 Text: Simona Stinga
Cook: Simona Stinga 
Foto: Ionela Stoica


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