Condiments, International Cuisine, Sides

Tzatziki | Mediterranean yoghurt dip

What is Tzatziki (Pronounced as T-szaat-Zee-ki)

Tzatziki, cacık, or tarator is a dip found in the cuisines of Southeast Europe and the Middle East. It is made of salted strained yogurt or diluted yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, sometimes with vinegar or lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, parsley and thyme. Some sources also say “The word Tzatziki derives from the Persian zhazh, that means herb mixture. Recipes similar to Tzatziki are very popular in Middle Eastern countries, Greece, and Southern Balkans. In Turkey, Cacik is a variation of Tzatziki with Sumac spice, fresh mint, and water: served as soup or side dish.”

What is Tzatziki served with?

Tzatziki is served as part of mezze platter with Hummus, Pita, Falafel and sometimes also adding Muhammara. The entire platter takes a bit to prepare, but if you are like us and love Middle Eastern / Mediterranean cuisine, do serve it like in the Lebanese Platter. I am also guessing Tzatziki would pair well with grilled meats, with some Laffa, inside a taco or even with baked Mediterranean style veggie crisps. I particularly like this with Airfryer Roasted Baby Potatoes – so yum!!

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Do let us know in the comments below with what else you would use the Tzatziki

What are the main ingredients that go into Tzatziki?

  • Curd (specifically Greek yoghurt / Hung Curd). Vegans can sub with cashew / rice curd
  • Cucumbers – British / Persian Cucumbers work best
  • Dill / Fresh mint – depending on the region it is made (I used Parsley here)
  • Olive oil – EVOO works best
  • Garlic – for that pungent, sharp hit. However, today’s version skips garlic
  • Lemon juice / Sumac / Vinegar – again depending on which region it is made.

Pro Tip – Make this ahead for those game nights or movie nights. if you like easy dips like these, why don’t you try out this easy peasy Coriander- Mint chutney/dip to go with nachos or crudites

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Let’s get to make Tzatziki now.

Prep Time – 5 min, Cook time – Nil. Resting time – 2 hours.

Serves – 2

Ingredients:

  • Hung Curd – 1 cup
  • British Cucumbers – 3
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper – 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  • Dill – 2 tsp ( i used Parsley here)
  • Garlic – 1 pod (opt.)
  • Olive Oil – 3 tsp
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Step by step pics of how to make Tzatziki

How to make Tzatziki

  1. Transfer the curd (without any whey) to a sieve and let it rest in the fridge overnight or for 2 hours
  2. Use any filtered water to knead chappati atta or to make Chaas
  3. Trim and grate the cucumbers with the skin on
  4. Squeeze out all the water from the cucumber
  5. Add this to the hung curd
  6. Add salt, pepper, lemon juice and mix well
  7. If using, add grated garlic
  8. Add chopped mint / dill and olive oil
  9. Mix well, serve chilled
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Tzatziki | Greek Yoghurt dip

Kalyani
A delicious mediterranean Greek Yogurt dip served as part of a mezze platter
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Resting Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Servings 3

Equipment

  • Sieve
  • Bowl
  • Grater
  • Spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Hung Curd (pref homemade)
  • 3 Cucumber (prefer Persian / British Cucumbers)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 pod garlic
  • 2 tsp Dill (sub with fresh mint)
  • 3 tsp Olive Oil

Instructions
 

  • Transfer the curd (without any whey) to a sieve and let it rest in the fridge overnight or for 2 hours
  • Use any filtered water to knead chappati atta or to make Chaas
  • Trim and grate the cucumbers with the skin on
  • Squeeze out all the water from the cucumber
  • Add this to the hung curd
  • Add salt, pepper, lemon juice and mix well
  • If using, add grated garlic
  • Add chopped mint / dill and olive oil
  • Mix well, serve chilled

Notes

  1. Use Persian / British Cucumbers for this. check for any bitterness if using local cucumbers
  2. If using store bought curd, the hung curd can be made easily.
  3. If using homemade curd, then discard any whey before makign hung curd
  4. After you add salt and pepper, serve immediately. Else the dip gets runny and tasteless. 
Keyword Condiment,, Cucumber, Dip, easy party snack, Gluten Free, Hung Curd, Party Ideas, Party snack, Protein Rich, Summer Recipes, Tzatziki, Yoghurt
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34 Comments

  1. Harini Rupanagudi

    5 stars
    What a refreshing dip for the summer months. Love it.

  2. 5 stars
    Yum yum and perfect for the season. I never tried tatazki with hung curds. That’s a great idea. Thanks.

  3. Jayashree T.Rao

    5 stars
    Love this dip, it makes a good accompaniment with many dishes. Good reminder to make this one Kalyani.

  4. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    Love making Tzatziki as it is such a versatile dip. Not only do we enjoy with vegetable sticks but also with Greek wraps. An excellent way to get the family to enjoy the nutritional value of yogurt.

  5. The Girl Next Door

    5 stars
    This dip has my name written all over it! 😊 It looks so appetizing, and I love the sound of it. All of us at home love curd, cucumbers, garlic and lemon, and I’m sure we are going to love it to bits. Perfect for the summers!

  6. Chef Mireille

    5 stars
    I usually don’t like tzatziki because most people go crazy with the dill, my least favorite herb in the world. I love your idea of using parsley instead.

  7. Preethicuisine

    5 stars
    This is such a refreshing dip. Adding parsley sounds interesting. I love the dip with dill. Perfect summer treat.

  8. Mina Joshi

    5 stars
    This Tzatziki looks amazing. I like that you are using hung yogurt to make it. A light and easy dish with the addition of garlic sounds perfect to have as a side dish.

  9. Melanie Varey

    5 stars
    I absolutely love a dip! I love the addition of parsley to your recipe which gives it a fresh flavour.

  10. 5 stars
    Tzatziki looks like very flavorful and delicious dip. Love the combination of ingredients here. so creamy and easy to make too.

  11. Poonam Bachhav

    5 stars
    Loving this refreshing hung curd dip with cucumber, garlic, lemon juice flavors!

  12. 5 stars
    Ah , this is one of our favourite dips ! Needs no effort and tastes so good . Yours has come out so good , feel like enjoying it with a crisp khakra 😉

  13. We enjoyed it when i made it at home, surely one of the most quickest and delicious recipes..

  14. 5 stars
    We love this refreshing dip! Your recipes sounds amazing!

  15. srividhya

    5 stars
    Such a refreshing dip and my falafel rice bowls are incomplete without this tzatziki. Loved all your yogurt-based recipes Kalyani.

  16. 5 stars
    My kids love it in their falafel sandwiches. The freshness of this dip is unbeatable.

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