Tarator (cold Bulgarian summer soup)
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.