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havuç tarator (Turkish Carrot Dip)

havuç tarator –  This colorful dish is a Turkish classic; the sweetness of carrots pairs perfectly with garlic-infused yogurt for this easy-to-make dip. Serve it traditionally on a meze platter like Zaalouk and Piyaz or as a side dish with grilled meat or fish. 

havuç tarator in a serving dish with crackers.

What You Need To Make This Recipe

  • Olive Oil: Use high-quality olive oil if you have access to it since it’s a central ingredient.
  • Carrots: Carrots are the most popular vegetable used to make this recipe, and sautéing them draws out their natural sweetness, which is delicious. Other recipes also call for grated zucchini.
  • Yogurt: I use Greek yogurt, but strained yogurt is a more traditional choice if you have access to it. For additional flavor, add two tablespoons of mayonnaise.
  • Garlic: I suggest using four cloves, but don’t let my recipe tell you how much garlic to use- measure with your heart.
  • Walnuts: Chopped walnuts are a perfect way to garnish the dip, or you can try pine nuts.

How to Make havuç tarator 

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Warm olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat and add the grated carrots. Season with salt and cook until they become soft and tender, for about 10 minutes.

Carrots in the food processor being grated.

Meanwhile, whisk yogurt and garlic in a serving bowl.

Yogurt mixed with garlic.

Transfer the reserved carrots to the bowl and add the walnuts; stir to combine.

Cooked Carrots added to the yogurt sauce.

PREPARATION TIPS

  • Use a food processor with grates to reduce the preparation time.
  • Adjust the consistency of the Turkish carrot yogurt dip using olive oil.

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havuç tarator in a serving dish with crackers.

Serving Suggestions

Serve havuç tarator as a part of a Turkish meze platter; it’s the perfect way to entertain guests or change up the dinner rotation with smaller plates. However you choose to enjoy the dip, here are some suggestions for what to pair with it.

  • Marinated Olives
  • Toasted Bread, Pita, Pita Chips
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Salmon
  • Köfte, Adana Kebab
  • Piyaz

What to do with the Leftovers

  • TO STORE – Store leftovers in an airtight container; they will keep for 2-3 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I prepare the salad in advance?

If you’re short on time, I recommend preparing the carrots the day before. Remove them from the fridge 30 minutes before you’re ready to serve to come to room temperature. Then, combine the carrots with the other ingredients.

How can I garnish havuç tarator?

• Olive Oil
• Toasted Walnuts, Pine Nuts
• Dill, Parsley
• Lemon
• Paprika, Red Pepper Flakes

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havuç tarator in a serving dish with crackers.

havuç tarator (Turkish Carrot Dip)

Tressa Jamil
This colorful dish is a Turkish classic; the sweetness of carrots pairs perfectly with garlic-infused yogurt for this easy-to-make dip. Serve it traditionally on a meze platter like Zaalouk or as a side dish with grilled meat or fish. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 154 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for garnish
  • 8 carrots, peeled and grated
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons walnuts, crushed

Instructions
 

  • Warm olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat and add the grated carrots. Season with salt and cook until they become soft and tender, for about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, whisk yogurt and garlic in a serving bowl. Transfer the reserved carrots to the bowl and add the walnuts; stir to combine.

Notes

Serving Size: ½ Cup
Preparation Tips:
  • Use a food processor with grates to reduce the preparation time.
  • Adjust the consistency of the Turkish carrot yogurt dip using olive oil.
 
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • ‘The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 ServingCalories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSodium: 242mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7g
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