Tarator - Albanian Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

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"A traditional recipe from the Balkans. In this case, it's from Albania. Same thing as Tzatziki Sauce in Greece."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (163.7 g)
  • Calories 130.9
  • Total Fat - 7.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 4.3 mg
  • Sodium - 324.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 7.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1 g
  • Sugars - 3.6 g
  • Protein - 9.7 g
  • Calcium - 156.3 mg
  • Iron - 0.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Grate the unpeeled cucumber into a bowl. Add a bit of salt and mix with your (clean) hands. Let stand for 15 minutes, then press out as much moisture as you can, using a colander. DO NOT RINSE. Return grated cucumber to the bowl.

Step 2

Add the garlic, salt, olive oil, and vinegar.

Step 3

In a separate bowl, thin the yogurt with a bit of the water. It should be fairly thick - don't make it too thin. You probably won't use the entire 1/4 cup of water.

Step 4

Pour the yogurt into the cucumbers and stir to combine. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour before serving.

Step 5

To serve, put in small bowls and drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top. Garnish with some fresh chopped dill. Can be used as a dip for raw vegetables or as a sauce for grilled fish or meats.


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