Chilled Cucumber-Yogurt Soup (Tarator)

Gluten-Free, Soup, Yogurt


Chilled Cucumber-Yogurt Soup (Tarator)

Tarator is a delicious and refreshing Bulgarian summer soup made with yogurt, cucumber, dill and garlic. I know the taste of raw garlic can be overpowering for some people, but I personally love its pungency. Still, you might not want to eat this soup before you go on a date or to an important meeting!

Chilled Cucumber-Yogurt Soup (Tarator) (serves 4-6)

  • 2 cups of plain yogurt
  • 2 cups of water
  • Half of an English cucumber, shredded or chopped
  • Half cup of fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Handful of walnuts, chopped (optional)

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the yogurt and water. Add the shredded cucumber and stir well.

Add all other ingredients, and stir well to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. Serve immediately.

Chilled Cucumber-Yogurt Soup (Tarator)

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  1. Anonymous

    September 8, 2012

    Remedies for garlic breath

    Parsley – A lot of the times recipes that use garlic also use parsley as well because parsley is effective in neutralizing the odors of garlic. Try chewing on parsley after eating garlic.

    Cardamom, mint, fennel, cloves, anise seeds – these seeds and herbs are similar to parsley in the fact that they help neutralize or mask the garlic odor.

    Lemon – Lemon is very effective in neutralizing the garlic odor and it is also has anti-bacterial properties that will kill bacteria. Try sucking on a lemon wedge after eating garlic. Also washing your hands with lemon juice helps to remove the odor from your hands.

    Drink tea – Tea, especially green and peppermint, contain polyphenols that reduce the volatile sulfur compounds that the garlic produces. Drink tea while or after eating garlic.

    Chew sugar-free gum – This will help to mask the odor of the garlic and will help dislodge garlic and food particles that might be stuck on or between your teeth.

    Chew coffee beans – Various people have reported that chewing coffee beans or grounds for a bit and then spitting them out helps reduce garlic breath.