A close up of a bowl of white soup topped with a slice of green cucumber and sprig of dill

Macedonian tarrator (chilled cucumber soup)

  • serves 6-8
  • Easy

This cold, refreshing soup is popular in Macedonia during the hot summer months, often served with bread and a crisp salad. A finishing swirl of cream balances the tartness of the yogurt and lemon juice

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This tarrator recipe is adapted from Macedonia – The Cookbook, Katerina Nitsou (Kitchen Press, £20). Katerina says: “This cold, refreshing soup is popular in Macedonia during the hot summer months. It’s often served with bread and a crisp salad. The flavours are simple and bright. A bit of cream rounds out the tartness of the yogurt and adds richness.”

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Ingredients

  • cucumbers 2, peeled, deseeded and chopped (reserve a few thin slices to serve)
  • sea salt flakes 1 tbsp
  • garlic 1 clove, finely minced
  • dill finely chopped to make 1 tbsp, plus extra to serve
  • mint chopped to make 1 tbsp
  • lemon juice 1 tsp
  • plain full-fat Balkan yogurt or other plain full-fat yogurt 1 litre
  • double cream 120ml

Method

  • Step 1

    Put the cucumbers in a colander and sprinkle with the salt. Set aside to drain for 20 minutes.

  • Step 2

    In the bowl of a food processor, combine the drained cucumbers, garlic, dill, mint and lemon juice, then blitz for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides with a spatula and blitz for another 30 seconds until you have a thin purée. Transfer to a medium bowl.

  • Step 3

    Using a spatula, stir the yogurt and cream into the cucumber mixture. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, ladle the cold soup into bowls and garnish with cucumber slices and dill.

This tarrator recipe is adapted from Macedonia –The Cookbook, Katerina Nitsou (Kitchen Press, £20). Photographs by Oliver Fitzgerald.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 188
  • Fat 12.4g
  • Saturates 7.4g
  • Carbs 10.7g
  • Sugars 10.6g
  • Fibre 0.7g
  • Protein 8.2g
  • Salt 1.5g
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