Tarator....the Radish Version

 

My first introduction to tarator was during a trip to Bulgaria years ago. My folks always talked about it but neither had ever made it for us. 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!

What you will need

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 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

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