Friday, 19 April 2013

Tzatziki-- In Greek: τζατζίκι, pronounced dza-DZEE-kee Re-Post

At first, I had no clue about Greek cuisine and I also had no plan to find out any more about it- I didn't expect there to be anything for me in this foreign cuisine...The only Greek food that I had heard of was, unsurprisingly, Greek yogurt! ...This was until we went on a summer holiday to the beautiful Greek island, Crete... The island bore stunning golden sandy beaches and tranquil blue waters... The hotel was 4 star and most of all, the glorious sunshine was the icing on the cake :)
From Crete, we took a day excursion to Santorini, where the famous films, Chalte Chalte and Wanted, had some of their songs shot.
In that week, when we were baking ourselves in pure bliss, one of the animation team members came up to us, and disturbed us from our moments of happiness :(  :
A- "Hallo, would you like to come to our greek cooking classes?" (imagine a european accent here :))
Me - "What?! I came here to take a break from cooking" (imagine a british accent here :))
A- "Well it isn't your normal cooking, you might learn something new" (loool)

So.. I had to agree and also dragged my daughter along!
When I got there, they told us that they are making cucumber dip called Tzatziki.  To me, this sounded something suspiciously like cucumber raita, until the chef unveiled his secret and we found out that this is no ordinary dip. Garlic and extra virgin olive oil in large amounts were the secret surprises!

"Tzatziki is traditionally served as an appetizer and can be left on the table as an accompaniment to foods throughout the meal. The key to great tzatziki is the thick creamy texture that allows it to be eaten alone, as a dip, as a spread, and as a condiment."

You will need:
  • thick Greek yogurt - 1 cup (if not avaliable, hang the yogurt)
  • Garlic cloves finely chopped - 6-7 cloves
  • Extra virgin olive oil - 4 tbsp
  • Cucumber grated- 1/4 cup
  • Dill finely chopped - 1/4 cup
  • salt to taste
Method:
First, mix the salt and grated cucumber and leave for 2-3 mins (this step is important as the salt helps to remove the moisture from the cucumber).  Mix in all of the other ingredients into the yogurt. From the cucumber, press out all the water and add into the yogurt, mix it well and chill for half an hour.


Serve it with your choice of food :)

Sending this to PJ's guest event Flavour's of Greece, brain child of Nayna


43 comments:

  1. That nice to read ur Greek tour and experience...
    Thanx for sharing a very new recipe...

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  2. Sounds so simple and more like cucumber raita with greek yogurt..perfect with some rice...

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  3. Thanks
    @Jyoti V..yes, we had a lovely time there..
    @Vrinda..very simple, we don't add garlic and oil i raita..

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  4. hey jagruti...yes it is indeed awesome...didn't know the name, my usual variation from the spinach dip is the dill dip that I make..this sure sounds wonderful !!

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  5. Just love this greek dip..havent prepared yet at home, thanks for sharing..

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  6. Thanks
    @SE..indeed it is awesome..my family loves it..
    @Priya..hope you try it out, won't be dispointed..

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  7. Fantastic.. my husband and I both love greek food that we get here in the US. I especially ask for cucumber sauce as the lady calls it which I think is really tzatziki...Thanks for enlightening me with the virgin oil, garlic and expecially dill which I had not guessed after tasting it. Thank you

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  8. oh wow, this sure looks like a great greek party! I love tzatiki and now I found the secret to making this my greek restaurant style! thanks so much for the recipe, Jagruti!

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  9. Jagruti.......Thanks for your lovely wishes
    The dip looks great.....Thanks for sharing lovely Greek recipe.....Great recipe and lovely clicks..... Snaps are beautiful too

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  10. That really looks so good, i have tasted this before and couldn't guess the dill leaves. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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  11. Tzatziki! It's a cool name! It's cool and refreshing! A must try!

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  12. Nice introduction to the dish :).. thank you for sharing the yummy dish and introducing new cuisine to us :)... the place looks heavenly!!! :)

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  13. Thanks You Jagruti for the Award !! They have been placed on my site and linked with your blog.:)

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  14. On seeing the name of the recipe i thought it is a complicated one,but absolutely an easy cucumber dip.love the texture.

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  15. I love tzatziki... and looks really good:)

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  16. Hi. I am yet to taste greek food. It was nice reading about your greek tour and your culinary classes there.
    Very simple and healthy dip, my only worry is dill, I can't stand it's smell...

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  17. Thank you guys for visiting me..
    @Pari; you can use mint if you want, try it out..i haven't used mint though..

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  18. New to me...will try it out...thnx 4 sharing...

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  19. hi jagruti,

    looks very intersting. i have never tasted any greek recipe. i will give a try with your recipe.

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  20. une assiette bien alléchante et très appétissante
    bonne soirée

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  21. @FimereJe; vous remercie de me rendre visite et votre commentaire lovely ... espérons que vous l'essayer et avoir un bon week-end ...:))

    @Cicily and Rupika; please try it out..won't be dissapointed

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  22. Fantastic recipe! Thank for visiting my blog. Kiss

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  23. Hey nice experience u had in greece...this dip luks yummy...nice click...i love it, i learnt its recipe only few months back and loved it at first attempt.

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  24. Looks yummy ,lovely simple recipe We have this often with grilled pitta bread.

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  25. I have heard of this dip, though never had the chance to try it....garlic with extra virgin olive oil sounds simply awesome...thanks for sharing this yummy dip :)

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  26. Glad to read your tour experiences dear. Your dip seems so creamy n delicious.

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  27. This is so blissfull for me...lovely recipe...will definitely try this out...Wow...yu went to Greece....lovely photos there....hope to get there some day :)

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  28. SOunds so yummy and unique dish:)

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  29. Loved reading this post n pics too! seems like u really had gr8 time! Cool yaar! n this dish is so simple n yummy! awesome!

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  30. Greece seems a really lovely place...wish i could go once...and Nice simple different dish...

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  31. Thanks for visiting my blog..lovely simple n yummy dip..gr8 wid chips...

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  32. Yummy recipe, dear....and the pics are awesome!...keep rocking!

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  33. The tzatziki looks perfect..I love to add this in gyros..they taste yummy and awesome clicks dear.

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  34. as far as i'm concerned, the only greek foodstuff finer than tzatziki is baklava, and it's a tight race. if i didn't have such a sweet tooth, this creamy sauce would be tops. :)

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  35. tzatziki looks so delicious, I have tried making it couple of times but without dill leaves..I am definitely going to add some next time..hope you are enjoying your weekend..
    loved the Greece pics,thanks for sharing
    hugs and smiles

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  36. Thank you guys... we did njoyy greece hoilday !!! life goes very fast, make most of it..
    @Grace ; yes, i do have a sweet tooth too..can have both...both greek, diffrent taste..
    @Jaya : yes, i'm having a nice weekend..hope u too.. try with dill leaves won't regrate it..

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  37. That recipe looks wonderful and I have a small container of Greek yogurt in the fridge, I will try for sure :)

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  38. luvly..and a new recipe to me..thanks for sharing dear...:)

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  39. First time to ur Wonderful space...Nice collection of recipes..Never tried any Greek recipes..Thanks 4 sharing...Shud try our ur tzatziki soon...
    Adding u 2 my blogroll...will come back
    regards
    deepti

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  40. Thats a great dip for snacks i must say...dill is such an amazing herb i love it!

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  41. Thanks for sending this wonderful dip to Flavours of Greece event it looks delicious.

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  42. Sounds like a wonderful holiday :) I'm totally in love with Greece and the Greek islands, and spent a few months on Crete when I was younger. Went back there last Summer and found it as beautiful as ever, and the quality of ingredients you can get there like olive oil, herbs, olives, lemons and locally-made bread is superb! Perfect for matching with a bowl of tzatziki... If you're interested, take a look at some of our blog posts from last August and September to see what we got up to in the kitchen of our little self-catering apartment near Hersonissos...

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