3 Bulgarian Dishes You Should Make at Home

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A special combo of Southeastern European, Middle Eastern, and Balkan cuisines, Bulgarian food is truly unique. It might be scary at first to try something new, but these dishes will have you coming back for seconds. Here are three Bulgarian dishes you’ll be excited to add to your at-home menu.


A cold cucumber yogurt soup, tarator is classic Bulgarian food due to its use of herbs, dairy, and veggies. It’s light, refreshing, and uses a very limited number of ingredients, making tarator a great introduction to Bulgarian cuisine. It basically doesn’t even require cooking!


Similar to Italian polenta or the Romanian mamaliga, Kačamak is a cornmeal porridge that is often eaten as a side dish. Like tarator, it doesn’t require too many ingredients or too long of a preparation time, making it the perfect candidate for culinary experimentation.


Now, how about dessert? Banitsa is a traditional Bulgarian pastry made with layers of filo pastry dough, whisked eggs, and a Bulgarian cheese called sirene. Baked until golden, flaky, and delicious, banitsa is easy to fall in love with.