Tzatziki is perhaps one of the best and easiest condiments to have in the fridge. All you require is some greek yogurt or hung curd, chopped cucumber, some herbs of your choice, and oil and garlic and ta-dah, the delicious dip is ready.
By Nandita Nataraj
Tzatziki is perhaps one of the best and easiest condiments to have in the fridge. All you require is some greek yogurt or hung curd. Some chopped cucumber and some herbs of your choice, some oil and garlic and ta-dah, the delicious herb is ready! To me this is a great alternative to mayonnaise.
This dip is more like a blank canvas as there are perhaps a hundred variations to make this dip. There are recipes that call for herbs like thyme and marjoram to flavor this dip. There are others that do not use any herbs except mint. But I personally prefer the flavors of both mint and dill in this dip. Traditional Tzatziki recipes even use a dash of lemon juice. But I omitted it because the yogurt was already a little sour. I feel that tzaziki tastes even better a day after it is made. Since the flavors of the garlic and the herbs are better infused in the yogurt, it makes the dip absolutely irresistible.
Tzatziki is a good dip to have around as it tastes great with just about everything, from salads to burgers to sandwiches.
- Greek yogurt- 1 cup or 250ml, whisked
- Cucumber- 1large, grated
- Dill leaves- 1tbsp
- Mint leaves- 1tbsp
- Olive oil- 1tbsp
- Garlic- 1 small clove, crushed
- Salt- ½ tsp+ a pinch
- Pepper- ¼tsp or to taste
- Add a pinch of salt to the grated cucumber and set aside for 10min. Squeeze out the water from the cucumber and seer aside.
- Add the crushed garlic and the chopped herbs to the cucumber, add the yogurt and mix well.
- Pour the olive oil while mixing continuously. Add the salt and pepper and chill.
- Serve tzatziki with crisp pita bread or use it as a filling in sandwiches and rolls.
You can add a dash of lemon juice or vinegar if you like sour taste in the dip.
A tea spoon of parsley leaves can be used to garnish the tzatziki.
Nandita was born, bred and spread in India, but right now lives in Tanzania where her quest for simple and exotic pleasures of food led to the creation of the blog Paaka-Shaale. She believes that food is not just a means to feed a body. But it is also meant to appeal the mind and satiate the soul.