Keto Taramasalata was one of the most requested Ketonisations we kept receiving from Greeks and lovers of everything Greek. It’s extremely popular among tourists but rarely anyone knows the ancient recipe. We thought, since we ketonised the Skordalia, a good Ketonian will know how to turn it into Taramasalata with just adding some fish roe. But is it so easy?
Unfortunately, not. We need to dig a bit deeper and find the solution which will bring some great flavour back on the Ketonian table. Keto Taramasalata is a perfect answer to all the questions about good nutrients during the Greek lent!
The name might be misleading…
It’s not a “Salata” it’s actually a dip! Well, from just one look at it, you could understand that it’s designed to serve as a condiment, but numerous people eat it like a main course during the lent. This could be the most nutritious thing to have during the lent if bread and potatoes were not added!
However, every traditional Greek recipe calls for bread or potatoes, while some even add corn starch of plain flour. This is helping to “kill” the great nutrients! Well, then they just spread it on more bread, and overeat the carbohydrates in a single meal.
What is Tarama or Taramasalata?
Taramasalata is a famous Greek dip made from tarama, the salted or cured fish roe (cod, carp, or grey mullet). This nutritious ingredient is then mixed with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and starchy ingredients to make it thick. However, some old recipes call for the almond meal which gives us some hope here! There are versions with spring onions, peppers, vinegar…
Many tourists know it by the attractive pink colour but we have to have in mind, it’s just food colouring. Mass-produced and over-processed Taramasalata is often filled with additives and unhealthy stabilisers on top of starch. This type of Taramosalata is a poor substitute to the original and in most cases will contain only the traces of fish roe!
In Greece, Taramasalata is connected with Clean Monday (Καθαρά Δευτέρα), the first day of the lent. But you can enjoy it any day of the year!
Keto Taramasalata and what Ketonians can do about it?
Keto Taramasalata should not be that difficult, right? Especially for the Greeks and other fish roe lovers. But, sometimes we have to put equal attention to the taste and nutritional value. Actually, on KMD, that’s what we constantly do!
Most commonly, Greeks use carp roe, but you can use any fish roe as long as it doesn’t contain industrial additives and stabilisers. Make sure you read the label. Your Keto taramasalata needs to be true to KMD postulates!
Fish roe could be one of the most nutritious foods available to humans. Roe contains various health-boosting minerals and micronutrients, such as selenium, magnesium, vitamin B-12 etc… Fish roe also contains our beloved fatty acids – omega-3.
So, as a KMD follower, how shall you ketonise it? Of course, you’ll reach for the oldfashioned, or better say, ancient recipe and make your Keto Taramasalata healthier! It’s important to make sure all the macros are in order, but as a Keotinan, you know that freshness and origin of the ingredients should be your first amendment. So we’ll not use potatoes, bread or starch! But in the end, we’ll have it equally tasty, creamy and attractive.