The Tzatziki is a traditional recipe of Greek and Turkish cuisine. This is a refreshing recipe that we can take as a starter for a starter or as an appetizer.From the Tzatziki we can find different recipes in which some ingredients coincide and others have been changed.
Basically it consists of a kind of sauce that depending on the ingredients chosen can be taken as soup (if water is added), as a sauce (for kebabs) or as dips (for traditional pita bread).
Its origin is probably found in Mesopotamia, from where it came to reach different cultures and countries with very different names. For example in Turkey it is known as cacik, in Greece with the name of tzatziki, in India with the name of kheere ka raita and in Bulgaria with the name of tarator.
The main ingredients of Tzatziki ‘s recipe are: cucumber and Greek type yogurt, although it is true that any other creamy yogurt can be used in its preparation. Preparing the recipe of Tzatziki is very easy and in a short time we have the dish ready to taste.
I have found recipes that do not carry garlic, others that vary in the herbs choosing among these: dill, parsley or mint. To dress the Tzatziki is usually added virgin olive oil, a few drops of lemon, a little garlic, ground black pepper, a little salt.
The cucumber can be grated or cut into pieces. The Tzatziki recipe we have produced this time does not take garlic, and is ideal to accompany with pita bread or any other elaboration ideal to dip in the sauce.
Recipe from Tzatziki or Greek and Turkish Cacik
- A medium-sized cucumber.
- 2 Greek type yogurts.
- Sprigs of dill.
- The juice of a lemon.
- A splash of olive oil.
- A pinch of ground black pepper.
- A little coarse salt
We begin by washing the cucumber well.
We remove the skin and cut into small pieces.
Squeeze the lemon to extract its juice.
Wash the dill sprigs and cut into small pieces.
Put the yogurts into a bowl, and remove.
We add to the yogurt the olive oil, the pieces of cucumber, a pinch of
Black pepper and a little salt.
We remove everything together until we bind all the ingredients.
We keep the Tzatziki in the fridge until the moment we go to serve it.
When we go to take it to the table we can decorate it with a few sprigs of dill.
The Tzatziki accompanies well the meat dishes, we can also eat it with Kebab, pita bread, to fill tartlets… When serving you can include it in a small wooden bowl and accompany with the dish you prefer.