Ever heard of tzaziki? Came across the recipe in my mom-in-law’s Continental cookbook. Tzaziki is a traditional Greek condiment / sauce made with either plain yogurt or sour cream served with plain or toasted pita bread, salads and other Mediterranean specialties. At its best, tzaziki is a thick, tangy sauce with a little bit of spiciness.
This dish is a wonderful summer treat. The main ingredients being yogurt & cucumber with addition of chopped garlic and salt & pepper. The best tzaziki takes a few hours to prepare, so be sure that you have plenty of time.
- 2 cucumbers
- 400 gms / 2 cups yogurt
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, skinned & finely chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh mint leaves, chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, chopped
- 1 tsp salt (to taste)
- ½ tsp freshly ground pepper (to taste)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- diced & round slices of cucumbers, for garnishing
- lemon wedges, for garnishing
- Pour yogurt in a cheesecloth-lined colander / strainer (to drain the excess water) and collect the firm & thick yogurt for the tzaziki base. Allow the yogurt to drain for 30-45 mins).
- Meanwhile wash, peel and roughly dice the cucumber. Put the diced cucumber into a colander / strainer, sprinkle with salt and leave to stand for 30 mins (to draw the juices). Rinse and drain well.
- Transfer the strained yogurt in a large mixing bowl. Add chopped garlic, mint and coriander leaves. Add lemon juice, salt and freshly ground pepper and mix well.
- Place the diced cucumber in serving bowl. Pour the yogurt mixture over the cucumber.
- Cover and chill in the refrigerator for atleast one hour (so that the flavours mingle thoroughly). Drizzle olive oil on top before serving.
- Serve as a dip / sauce with toasted bread, grilled chicken / fish. You can even use this as a spread on bread.
- It is best to refrigerate the yogurt while it is draining.
- If possible, refrigerate the final tzaziki overnight and enjoy the following day.
- If you don’t want to go through the process of straining yogurt you can use sour cream instead.
- Prepare tzaziki with low fat or nonfat yogurt (if you are watching your weight!).