Friday, October 3, 2014

Yogurt Sauce with Cucumber & Dill aka Tarator

Tarator is more like a dip or a sauce used mostly during summer time as an appetizer. Each Balkan country has different way of making it with almost the same ingredients. In Albania is called Tarator, in Greece the name is Tzatziki and Cacik in Turkey. This recipe is smooth, refreshing and if you love yogurt as I do you are up for something very Mediterranean.

Level: Easy
Servings: 2

  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 medium cucumber, unpeeled finely grated (the cucumber has to be seeded before grated)
  • 1 Tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh dill chopped
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves pressed or mashed
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cold water
In a bowl mix cucumbers, garlic, sea salt and 1 Tbs olive oil. Meanwhile in a separate bowl thin the yogurt with cold water not to thin but not to thick. Personally, I like it more on  the thicker side. At this point pour in the mixture from the first bowl and mix them all together. Serve in small bowls and drizzle 2 Tsp of olive oil. Lastly, garnish with fresh chopped dill. Put in the refrigerator for half an hour to an hour to chill. This can be paired with grilled fish or meats and vegetables. Enjoy!

Note: In the absence of cucumbers thick sliced fried zucchini can be used along with chopped fried or roasted red peppers with the skin peeled off. Also if you would like to use your own homemade yogurt you can find the recipe in my blog.