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Tarator (cold Bulgarian summer soup)

Updated on June 22, 2012

Tarator is on top of my favorite summer soups.

It is very easy to make. You need those:

  • Large cup or casserole;
  • 1-2 medium cucumbers;
  • pot of yogurt;
  • pint of water;
  • 2 cloves garlic;
  • a sprout of dill;
  • few walnuts;
  • 1 tablespoon of olive or sunflower oil;
  • pinch of salt.

Dice the cucumbers, crush the walnuts, press or crush the garlic, slice finely the dill. Mix everything in the casserole with the pot of yogurt. Add water and keep mixing until the yogurt dissolves in the water.

Add pinch of salt and some olive oil.

Stir again, so the oil becomes into small drops on top of the Tarator and that's it. You are ready.

[If you like, you may also add few cubes of ice to keep the soup cool.]

The main ingredient of Tarator is the yogurt. In Bulgaria we praise yogurt as very healthy food. It is very potent probiotic and quite good for digestion too.

It is proven to kill harmful bacteria in the stomach while keeping the good bacteria intact.

It is also proven to stop spreading of Candida Albicans (a harmful fungi) throughout the body.

There are 2 bacteria kinds in Bulgarian yogurt - Lactobacillum bulgaricus and Thermofillum streptococcus. Both of them are beneficial to the flora in your stomach and intestines. So ...

If you can find a store that sells Bulgarian yogurt (especially if it is from goat milk) - try to eat at least one pot every day. Best try would be Turkish or Arabian food store.

My fellow hubber Rajan Jolly made a good research on Yogurt and I suggest you read it if you want more information on yogurts around the globe.

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Yes Randi. I am no expert and English is not my native language.

      And no - Constructive criticism is always welcome.

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      Randy McLaughlin 5 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

      Hi, I like this simple soup for hot summer day. I have two technical suggestions that you should consider as edits, then you can delete my comment if you wish.

      1. Italicize both latin names of the bacteria and fungi.

      2. The second name of Lactobacillus should not be capitalized.

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      True Miryana ;) and the summer is comming.

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      scarletohara 5 years ago

      Tarator and mastica great combination :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I've had Arak also. Oooops I forgot the water, that explains a lot!

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      So far, there are 4 types of spirit drinks that has Anise oil extract inside:

      Ouzo

      Pastis

      Mastika

      Arak

      They are all supposed to be with 48-54% alcohol inside, so yes - It is strong one.

      All kinds of Anise drinks are also supposed to be dissolved a bit with a bit of water, so the drink becomes white instead of transparent and the spirit % lowers to acceptable ~40-ish percent.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I've tried Ouzo a few times! Wow that stuff is strong, but I felt good!! :)

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thank you for reading Sunshine :)

      It is quite good appetizer and you can replace a dinner or two If it is too hot for hard meal. I personally prefer not to eat too much at dinner when it is hot.

      It is also good for just cooling down in day time, but the garlic smell is a bit offensive for some people.

      Drinks such as Vodka or Ouzo also go smooth with this one ;)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This soup sounds interesting. I'll have a bowl. Thank you!:)