Homemade Tzatziki

June 9, 2022

A creamy Mediterranean sauce prepared with cucumber, yogurt, and garlic: Homemade Tzatziki recipe! Enjoy this refreshing sauce with your favorite dishes.

This cucumber sauce known as Tzatziki or Tadziki, is a versatile sauce. This authentic recipe is made with grated cucumber, strained yogurt, and garlic. It is perfectly compatible with Turkish and Greek dishes.

It is a healthy and delicious cold Turkish appetizer which is consumed more frequently in the summer months. It is recommended that if you are on a diet, eat it frequently.

Learn how to make this refreshing and easy Tzatziki recipe that you can serve alongside your meals in the summer. Put it on sandwiches or use it as a dipping sauce. Serve this sauce with warm pita bread, grilled meat, or vegetables.

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Taste Score: %87
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 0 mins
Total 10 mins

Tips

  • Grate the cucumber. Squeeze out excess juice from the cucumber before adding it to the yogurt. You can strain the juice of the grated cucumber with the help of cheesecloth or a fine-mesh sieve.
  • Use seedless cucumbers. If you are using a seeded cucumber, be sure to remove the seeds. Otherwise, the tzatziki will be more juicy.
  • For best results, refrigerate the cucumbers overnight until the juice has been absorbed.
  • Strain the yogurt through a fine-mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth or paper towels and drain excess moisture.
  • To make vegan tzatziki, use dairy-free coconut milk yogurt instead of strained yogurt.
  • You can use sour cream. You can replace part of the yogurt with sour cream. This makes the recipe more creamy and densely textured.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Put the yogurt in a bowl and beat it with a fork. Mix it with water and salt.
  2. Wash and peel the cucumbers. Grate the cucumbers. Then strain the juice of the grated cucumbers with the help of cheesecloth or a fine-mesh sieve.
  3. Add the grated cucumbers to the yogurt. Continue mixing.
  4. Mince the garlic and mix well.
  5. Sprinkle with dried mint or fresh mint and serve with olive oil.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Tzatziki
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories133
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4 g5.1%
Cholesterol 2 g0.7%
Sodium 101 mg4.4%
Potassium 649 mg13.8%
Protein 8.5 g17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Is Tzatziki?

Tzatziki is a sauce made with yoghurt, grated cucumber, and garlic. It is usually served with fresh dill or mint. In addition, lemon juice or vinegar and spices such as black pepper, coriander, or sumac are also used.

This Mediterranean sauce is traditionally made from strained sheep's or goat's milk yogurt.

What Kind of Yogurt to Use for Tzatziki?

Plain strained yogurt is best for making homemade Greek-style Tzatziki. You can also use full-fat yogurt or unsweetened yogurt. For best results, place the yogurt in a cheesecloth or fine-mesh strainer lined with paper towels. Leave it in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours to allow the yogurt to drain. Then strain and discard the excess liquid.

Should Cucumbers Be Peeled To Make Tzatziki?

No. You don't have to peel the cucumbers for this homemade tzatziki recipe. You can preferably peel them or grate them with their skins still on. Wash the cucumber well and be sure to remove the seeds. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on it. This helps remove excess moisture from the cucumbers.

What To Serve with Tzatziki?

There are many ways to use this refreshing cucumber sauce. You can enjoy tzatziki as a sauce or dip, and can be served with Mediterranean, Greek and Turkish dishes. You can serve this versatile sauce with pita bread and skewers. It also goes well with grilled vegetables. It can be served with hummus, feta cheese and baba gannuş in appetizer plates. It can be used as a sauce or salad dressing with grilled meats and fish. You can also serve it with falafel, baked potatoes or roasted eggplant.

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How To Store Tzatziki?

Homemade tzatziki should not be left at room temperature for more than 2 hours. It can be stored in a closed container in the refrigerator for several days.

Can Tzatziki Be Frozen? Yes. You can freeze tzatziki sauce in an airtight container for up to 3 months. However, its consistency may deteriorate.

Recipe byPetite Gourmets

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