Yogurt Sauce or Dip with Cucumber and Dill (Kos me Kastravec – Tarator)
Tarator is a refreshing side dish or appetizer which is very popular in Albania during the summer time. 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.
- 2 cups plain yogurt
- 1 medium cucumber, unpeeled finely grated, (the cucumber has to be seeded before grated)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill chopped
- 2 garlic cloves pressed or mashed
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
In a bowl mix cucumbers, garlic, sea salt olive oil and vinegar. 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 teaspoons 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.