Cucumber yogurt sauce, more commonly known as tzatziki is a very popular dish in the Mediterranean and with good reason. It is a refreshing, delicious dish that is packed full of nutrients. It is great for dipping vegetables or even falafel into, it’s also great for spreading on top of chicken for a unique cold salad.
Another advantage to this cucumber yogurt dip can be made in large batches and kept in the fridge for up to a week.
In order to make this delicious sauce you will need:
A large tub of plain, low fat yogurt
1 large cucumber
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp. parsley
The first thing you will need to do is peel your cucumber, make sure that it is completely peeled as no skin should be left on or it will not blend properly. Once you have done this then you will need to seed the cucumber, you can do this by slicing the cucumber in half length ways and using a teaspoon to scrape the seeds out. Try to keep as much flesh as possible. Once you have peeled and seeded the cucumber then you will need to either finely dice or grate it
Add 8oz plain yogurt into a bowl and then add the diced or grated cucumber, for a completely smooth dip you can blend these ingredients in a food processor or for a sauce with more texture you can simply stir them.
The next thing you need to do is peel all of the skin away from the clove of garlic and mince it finely. Add this to the bowl containing the cucumber and yogurt and then add the juice of half of the lemon. Try to avoid letting any lemon seeds fall into the dip and if they do you need to try and remove them.
The next step is to chop the parsley as finely as you can, the parsley will add a really subtle flavour to the sauce but it needs to be chopped as finely as possible. Once you have chopped it then add it to the mixture and either stir or blend. Many people add dried parsley to the sauce instead of fresh parsley, this is much easier to use and does not require any chopping.
Add salt and pepper to taste and then refrigerate the entire mixture. Serve chilled and with a sprig of fresh parsley on top to garnish.
You can add other ingredients to the mixture if you want to make a variation on this sauce; some popular choices are chopped chillies, vinegar or even limes.
Sources; Nigella online.