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5 May, 2017

Tzatziki a Greek Dip

Comments : 11 Posted in : Accompaniments, Appetizer, Bachelor Recipes, Blogging Marathon, Cuisine, Greek Cuisine, Salad, Simple and Healthy Vegetarian Diet in Old Age on by : ArchanaPotdar Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

When I made my Greek meal of Spinach rice and beans it felt incomplete without a dip so I made Tzatziki.

Tzatziki made from hung curds, cucumber and garlic and mint and olive oil was extremely delicious as it was chilled.

Cacık

Tzatziki

 

The yoghurt used in the making of Tzatziki is usually from sheep or goat milk sometimes vinegar or lemon juice is also used. The herbs used are dill, mint, parsley, thyme etc.

Tzatziki is also called cacik or tarator in some of the Balkan countries.

The variations are minor, but then you know me I need to get them right. Feel free to skip this part and go directly to the recipe.

Variations of tzatziki (source Wikipedia)

Country Name Ingredients used Served as
Bulgaria and Serbia Dry tarator,

Snezhanka Salad (snow white salad)

Drained yoghurt,

cucumbers, garlic, minced walnuts, salt and vegetable oil

An appetiser or  meze  or Side dish
Serbia Tarator, Tarator salata Yogurt, sliced cucumber and diced garlic and served cold.

 

Popular salad and dip
Albania Tarator Yoghurt, garlic, parsley, cucumber, salt and olive oil A dip
Cyprus Talattouri Yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, and sometimes lemon juice, mint
Greece Tzatziki Strained yoghurt (usually from sheep or goat milk) mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, and sometimes lemon juice, and dill or mint or parsley  A Dip, Appetizer
Iraq Jajeek Similar to  Greek Tzatziki Appetizer
Iran Mast-o-khiar Thicker yoghurt, which is mixed with sliced cucumber, and mint or dill (sometimes chopped nuts and raisins are also added as a garnish)
Turkey Cacık Yoghurt, salt, olive oil, crushed garlic, chopped cucumber, mint. vinegar (mostly used is  white grape or apple), lemon juice, and sumac are optional. Dill and thyme (fresh or dried) and sumac and paprika may be used alternately. As a Side dish, it is diluted to a soup consistency else as an appetizer it is served thick.
Turkey Haydari Strained yoghurt or labne, herbs and spices, combined with garlic. There is no cucumber involved An appetizer or  meze
Caucasus mountains Ovdukh Uses kefir instead of the yoghurt. This can be poured over a mixture of vegetables, eggs and ham to create a variation of okroshka, sometimes referred to as a ‘Caucasus okroshka’
Poland Mizeria Same ingredients but uses sour cream in place of yoghurt.
South Asia Raita Yoghurt, cucumber, salt and ground cumin (sometimes also including onions) Side dish

 

There is an Indian version that is also called Sautikai Kosambri/Kadkdi chi Koshimber on the similar lines.

tzatziki

Cacık

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Tzatziki a Greek Dip
Tzatziki a Greek Dip, a yum dip that goes with just about anything.
Cacık
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
People
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
People
Ingredients
Cacık
Instructions
  1. Beat the hung curds till smooth.
  2. Add all the ingredients mix well. You can also blend it till well mixed but I did not.
  3. Transfer in a covered bowl to the fridge.
  4. Serve after at least an hour.
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This completes my Flavours of Greece for now. What I shared was Greek Spinach Rice|Spanakorizo and  Traditional Greek Green Beans (Fasolakia Giaxni). The dessert was Watermelon with Feta with Microgreens. 

Traditional Greek Green Beans (Fasolakia Giaxni),Greek Spinach Rice|Spanakorizo, Tzatziki

Vegetarian flavours of Greece

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11 thoughts on : Tzatziki a Greek Dip

  • PJ
    May 5, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    That is a nice list you have compiled Archana. The whole spread looks great Archana!

  • May 6, 2017 at 10:10 am

    This is one of my fav dips. So much like our raitha, right. Your Greek platter looks absolutely yum.

  • May 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    That is one yumm Greek platter arch! Such a simple meal yet great flavors!! We make cacik often at home, makes a great accompaniment for heavy lunches!

  • May 6, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Ah this is my all time favourite dip, just love it.

  • May 7, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Hehe… you made a list of the different variances… that’s nice… the tzatziki differs from our raita because of the dill… I love it when spread on my toast…

  • May 9, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    That definitely is a wonderful meal! I also like the Greek version of our raita.

  • May 10, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I too prepared this and absolutely love the flavor of garlic in it. Your entire greek platter looks delicious.

  • May 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Archana, thats one interesting meal you have prepared, each complimenting other..that dip was so good..

  • June 1, 2017 at 6:51 am

    I love tzatziki — it is such a simple and delicious dip.

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