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BULGARIA: Tarator (Cold Soup)



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About this Recipe

By: Simona Partinova (via Literacy Pittsburgh)

This Bulgarian cold Cucumber Soup is a traditional dish eaten across Bulgaria, with multiple variations of it throughout Europe and Central Asia. 

This recipe was submitted through Literacy Pittsburgh’s cooking program by student Simona Partinova! 


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  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 pound plain yogurt 
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, smashed 
  • Salt, to taste 
  • Pinch dill flakes 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil (olive oil is best) 
  • 2-3 tablespoons walnuts, chopped 


Simona notes that typical Bulgarian food is often full of different vegetables and high quality dairy products! 

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Step 1
Place cucumber, yogurt, garlic, salt and dill in a bowl. Mix well by hand. 
Step 2
Add water gradually and mix slightly. 
    Step 3
    Pour soup into serving bowls. Add oil and walnuts.
      Decorate with a branch of fresh dill.