Tarator....The Radish Version

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Author Notes: Traditionally, tarator is a cold cucumber and yogurt soup served all over Bulgaria, especially during the summer. Served ice cold in small cups or glasses, it's often a starter or complements a Shopska salad and bread. Sharp and garlicky, it's not for raw garlic haters, although I have seen a version or two omitting it. Sometimes lettuce, carrot or radish is substituted for the cucumber. This one is a radish version with just a little cucumber. A little goes a long way!inpatskitchen

Makes almost 4 cups

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cloves grated garlic(microplane)
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated red radish (I used the small holes on a box grater) including any juices
  • 1/2 cup finely grated, deseeded cucumber including any juices
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 packed tablespoons fresh minced dill
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts
  • Additional salt for reseasoning
  1. Whisk the yogurt and water together in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in the garlic, cucumber, radish, salt, red wine vinegar, dill and ground nuts.
  2. Chill the soup for at least an hour. Taste and adjust for salt. Serve ice cold in small glasses or cups.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I wanted post my testing notes for this recipe, it is absolutely delicious and recommend you give it a try. Perfect warm/hot weather fare.
Pat's Tarator, is tangy, cold, creamy, crunchy and delicious. Perfect light fare for a hot day. The soup is loaded with flavor and a kick from the radishes and garlic, the flavors are perfectly balanced. The addition of dill rounds everything out beautifully, it's like a spring festival in your mouth. I served in small glasses, well chilled and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. I divided the recipe making half with walnuts and half without, and either way was a hit with my guests. This is one of those recipes that invites you to experiment, next time I make it I think I'll try it with some fresh mint.



about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Suzanne, you are too kind. Thanks so much for testing this and for writing such a lovely review!


over 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

What a delightful summer soup! It looks like it comes together quickly and sounds perfect for a warm evening.


over 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Yes it really is quick...thanks so much!


over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Wonderful, I also love chilled soup gorgeous photo too!


over 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thank you!!


over 3 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

sexyLAMBCHOPx is a trusted home cook.

Ooh, does this look refreshing. I love a summer chilled soup and - no cream! Saved!


over 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much sexyLAMBCHOPx!!