tzatziki dip

Tzatziki Dip

Tzatziki dip. This cool and creamy sauce is absolutely perfect for any Meditteranean meal. Cool and creamy set greek yoghurt mixed with cucumber and garlic which makes this a delicious yet savoury dish!

No one really knows where Tzatziki sauce comes from. One suggestion is that it originates from Persia in a bid to use up some of the excess milk production.

Traditionally people serve tzatziki as a side with grilled meats such as chicken kabab, lamb kababs along with pita bread.

Tzatziki sauce is really delicious and it always reminds me of the time that I spend the summer on the Greek island of Zakynthos. I used to finish work and order a grilled chicken kabab drenched in Taztiki sauce. Thinking about it makes my mouth water!

Tzatziki is a very simple dip to make. My recipe is based on the Turkish variation in the fact that you need to add a drop of water to thin the sauce down a little. Although having said that. I use the cucumber water leftover from grating the cucumber, which adds lift to the flavour of the sauce.

Recipe for Tzatziki sauce

As mentioned tzatziki is a really easy sauce to put together and can be made in as little as 5 minutes! For best results though make this a day ahead to really allow the flavours to infuse into the sauce!

For this tzatziki dip, you will need the following ingredients;

  • 1/2 a fresh cucumber
  • a small bunch of mint
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 25 ml water (optional)
  • 250 grams of greek yoghurt

A small note on the yoghurt, make sure you buy greek yoghurt and not Greek-style yoghurt! Greek-style yoghurt is full of thickeners and additives, although it appears to have the same consistency it doesn’t have the same flavour!

Method
peeled cucumber

The first thing you need to do is to make tzatziki dip is to peel all of the dark green skin off of the cucumber. Once you have removed the skin cut lengthways exposing the seeds in the middle. using a teaspoon scoop these out.

Grating cucmbers

Next, take a grater and grate the cucumber into a large bowl. There will be some liquid in the bowl once you have grated your cucumbers. Leave this in.

minced garlic in yoghurt

Next, add in your Greek Yogurt. Mince up your garlic clove and add this in as well.

Making tzatziki dip

Finely chop up your mint leaves and add these to your Yoghurt and mix well. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.

dressing tzatziki dip

transfer your Tzatziki dip to a serving dish and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over the top! Serve with some Authentic Mediterranean chicken kababs.

I really hope you enjoy this tzatziki recipe and let me know in the comments what your thoughts on it are. In the meantime happy cooking!

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