Tzatziki ~ Greek Dill Yogurt Sauce

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Time for the Muslim Food Blogger Challenge post! After a couple of dull months as far as participation was concerned, I thought it best to keep the theme simple this month. It is “Cooking with an Ingredient – Cucumber”. Cucumber is something that everybody likes to eat. The beauty of this humble vegetable is that it doesn’t need anything to go with it, and makes a healthy filling snack whenever hunger pangs decide to hit you. I have cucumbers in my fridge all the time. My girls eat at least one every day, so I have to make sure I stock up. Did you know that cucumber was one of the favorite foods of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)? He used to eat it along with dates. During Ramadan, my Iftar used to be a salad of lettuce and cucumbers, along with the mandatory dates. I tried the combination and it is delicious!

 

For this challenge, I had nothing in mind apart from this very easy dip from Eastern Europe. Tzatziki is a thick yogurt and cucumber based dip that is usually served with grilled meat. Tzatziki is basically from Greece, and has a Turkish counterpart called “Cacik”. The whole point is to mix up the ingredients and allow it to rest as much as possible so that the flavors develop. I love having this without any sides – you know, eat it with the spoon. You can also dip in your crackers or store bought khubz when you are short of meals or just lazy to cook. I even make it as side of rice when I get bored of our normal raita. If you love mint, you can add some dried mint or minced fresh mint as well, but I wanted the dill to be prominent and hence left it at that. Off to this simple recipe…

 

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Tzatzki ~ Greek Dill Yogurt Sauce

Course Dip
Cuisine European
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 3 -4
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup full fat yogurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped dill leaves

Instructions

  • Grate the cucumber. Drain excess liquid.
  • To this, grate the garlic. Add in the remaining ingredients and give a good whisk.
  • Allow it to rest in the fridge for an hour for the flavors to mingle. Serve cold as dip.

 

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  1. We LOVE tzatziki! They are so good with gyros 🙂

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie… 🙂

  2. Do you know Rafee…till date I have not tasted dill leaves…Tzatziki, the name always sounds fun to me. With the ingredients mentioned I am sure this sauce would taste yum….

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I thought dill was used extensively in Andhra cuisine! Or was it Kannada cuisine? Anyway, it is always up to try, it’s a flavor that grows on you… Thanks a lot Lubna…

  3. Such a lovely cooling sauce,specially for the summer heat now…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Ruxana…

  4. yummy sauce and you captured it beautifully…i always find difficulty in capturing sauces/dips and so i usually skip them capturing n posting

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nisa…

  5. Dill is one my fav herbs and I always have it in my refrigerator well stocked for the week. Thanks Rafee for the recipe which will be now on my to do list

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Shanaz…

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