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By Samantha Clark and Samuel Clark

Published 2001

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Tarator is a classic Turkish garlicky nut sauce eaten with vegetables, grilled fish or chicken. It is made with either walnuts, almonds, pinenuts or hazelnuts. We find the flavour of raw garlic goes particularly well with walnuts. Recently we have taken to tossing warm green beans as well as cucumber salad in this sauce.


  • 150 g shelled walnuts, soaked in boiling water for 1 hour to remove any bitterness from the skins
  • 30 g stale white bread, crusts removed, so


Rinse and drain the walnuts, put in a food processor with the squeezed bread and blend well. This is slightly a matter of taste. The finer the nuts are chopped, the more mayonnaise-like the end result is. Combine the other ingredients and stir in. Season with salt and pepper. Roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or dill is a nice addition to this sauce.