We Bulgarians take pride in our nature and traditions, but also in our cuisine. Diversity, taste and uniqueness – this sums it up. Today I’ll show you one of the most famous traditional Bulgarian dishes. Whether for your foodie bucket list or just to make them at home, these are what Bulgaria tastes like.
Definitely one of my most favourite dishes! Tarator is actually a cold soup, eaten mostly in summer. Its super easy to make. For the most basic recipe you’ll need Greek yoghurt (or actually Bulgarian), cucumber and water. The yoghurt is mixed with water until its a drinkable consistency. The cucumber is chopped and put into the milky liquid, add some olive oil and stir. To really get that traditional Bulgarian taste you can put in some minced garlic, chopped dill and crushed walnuts. Season with salt to taste and bon appetit!
Another one of my favourites. There is also Greek moussaka, but the two differ in some of the ingredients. Basically what you need here is potatoes, carrots, onions and ground meat. Potatoes are a very important part of Bulgarian cuisine, so it is now surprise that they are the main ingredient. First start off with cooking the chopped onions and carrot over medium heat and then add the ground meat. We mostly use either beef or beef and pork mix. Season with pepper and salt to taste and sprinkle some oregano. When the meat has turned soft brown shade, remove from heat. In a casserole put the potatoes – sliced – and add the meat. Season again. Pour some water and cook until ready. Another variation you can find here.
Since time immemorial banitsa has been a favourite treat to every Bulgarian. The classic one is prepared by layering a mixture of whisked eggs and crumbled fetta cheese between filo pastry. Other variations include fetta cheese with leek or fetta and spinach. Banitsa is also part of Bulgarian Christmas and New Years menu. On New Years we usually put lucky charms inside and for Christmas Eve we prepare a sweet type of banitsa. It is called Tikvenik and it’s basically filo pastry filled with pumpkin and walnuts. Finger-licking good!
For another typical Bulgarian dish made for Easter click here.