Tzatziki | Creamy, refreshing, easy to make Greek yogurt sauce you can enjoy with almost anything.
Updated: Oct 8, 2020
Tzatziki is a Greek sauce consisting of plain Greek yogurt, crunchy cucumber, minced garlic, olive oil, fresh lemon juice or vinegar and chopped fresh herbs. Although the word hails from the Greek language, it's origin lies in the Turkish word "Cacik".
Making a bowl of Tzatziki is super easy. The difficult part in my opinion is how to pronounce it (pronounce like "tsah-see-key"). I'm no Greek and never been to Greece so I searched google for the correct pronunciation as I didn't know how to pronounce it properly (wish I could speak in parseltongue like Harry Potter..😀). I love to explore different type of cuisines so made this one day to try something new and healthy but as it has raw garlic in it I was hesitant how it will taste. But the first try and I became a fan instantly. Now it's our family favourite and a must with grilled chicken or roasted veggies or kebabs or chips or veggie sticks or pita or.... yes you get it with almost anything. I sometimes enjoy a bowl of Tzatziki just like that only with a spoon.
Ingredients needed for Tzatziki:
Greek Yogurt - The key ingredient is Greek yogurt. I highly recommend to use plain Greek yogurt for this recipe. In case you don't have access to it use hung curd.
Cucumber - Any cucumber will work but the European cucumber which is dark green in colour and have thin skin works best. If using European cucumber then no need to peel it wash properly and shred it with skin. If using any other variety first peel it and then grate it. Discard the seeds if they are too big in size.
Garlic - Garlic is a must for this sauce. But be careful not to use too much. The over powering smell of garlic may ruin your delicate creamy Tzatziki.
Fresh herbs - Traditionally dill and/or mint is used in Tzatziki. But I'm not a dill lover so use mint most of the time. If you love dill you can surely use dill or dill and mint both in this sauce.
Olive Oil - A little olive oil works like magic in the sauce. You can adjust the amount as per your taste tough.
Lemon Juice - A little amount of lemon juice gives it the tanginess needed. I have tried different amount of lemon juice and found 1/2 a teaspoon to 1 teaspoon works best in this recipe. More then that and it becomes too tangy. If you like that way you can surely add more.
Salt and paper - Add very little amount for seasoning.
Chilli flakes - This is my addition. In traditional Tzatziki they don't use chilli flakes. If you want to make traditional version of the sauce omit it or add black paper powder.
Honey - This is also my addition. I love to add a little to balance the tanginess of yogurt and lemon. You can omit it totally if you want.
Here is how to make it step by step:
Gather all your ingredients.
Peel and shred the cucumber using the big hole side of your grater. No need to peel if using European cucumber.
Add a pinch of salt to it and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.
Transfer the cucumber in a muslin cloth and squeeze it to drain out the excess water from it. This step is important To get the creamy consistency so don't skip it. Or else your sauce will become watery once cucumber release all the water in yogurt.
Finely chop the garlic and mint.
Now in a mixing bowl take all the ingredients and mix it well.
Add honey if you are using it.
Keep in refrigerator for few hours or at least 30 minutes so all the flavours get the time to meld. Serve chilled.
What to serve with Tzatziki:
As I already told you we enjoy this sauce with almost anything. Here's few options you can try.
With grilled meat or fish
Enjoy with steamed or raw veggie sticks or with roasted vegetables
Serve as a dip with chips or nachos
Use as a spread in sandwiches, wraps or burgers.
Use as a dip with nuggets or French fries for a healthy option.
Or just take a spoon, dig in and enjoy.
Tzatziki or Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Yogurt 1 cup (270 gm)
Cucumber 1 medium
Garlic finely chopped 1 tablespoon
Lemon juice 1 teaspoon
Chopped mint 2 tablespoon
Olive oil 2 tablespoon
Salt to taste ( I have used 1/2 teaspoon)
Chilli flakes 1 teaspoon (optional)
Honey 1 tablespoon (optional)
Gather all your ingredients.
Peel and shred the cucumber.
Add a pinch of salt and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.
Transfer the cucumber in a muslin cloth and squeeze it to drain out the excess water from it.
Now in a mixing bowl take all the ingredients And mix it well. Cover and keep in the refrigerator for few hours or at least 30 minutes so all the flavours get the time to meld.
Serve chilled. Before serving drizzle some olive oil and garnish with some chilli flakes and mint leaves if you want.
Your delicious Tzatziki sauce is ready to enjoy. You can store the sauce up to 4 days in refrigerator.
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