Tarator: Cold Soup

Tarator is a traditional Bulgarian cold soup made from yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, and dill. The soup is usually served chilled, making it an ideal dish for hot summer days.

One of the main ingredients of the soup is yogurt, which is the basis of Bulgarian cuisine. Bulgarian yogurt is known for its thick and creamy consistency and distinct sour taste, which comes from specific strains of bacteria used to ferment the milk. Another key ingredient of tarator soup is cucumbers, which give it a refreshing crunch and subtle sweetness. Before adding to the soup, they are usually peeled and diced, giving it a pleasant texture. Garlic and dill are also added to the soup.

Tarator cold soup
Tarator cold soup

I also tasted a non-traditional version of tarator at the Pavaj restaurant in Bulgarian Plovdiv, which was additionally flavored with red beet. The soup was excellent.

If you like Spanish gazpacho, give tarator a try. You won’t regret it!

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