Greece - Food & Drinks - Side Dish: Tzatziki.

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2 years ago

Tzatziki is a very easy, yet indispensable, appetizer/side dish of the Greek cuisine. It is created with cucumber, yogurt and garlic.

During the summer, I eat it nearly every day. After a very hot summer day, it brings immediately joy. Is it the 're-hydration' effect of the cucumber? Is it the 'coolness' of the yogurt? Is it the blood pressure lowering effect of the garlic? I don't know! It is just the 'Tzatziki' feeling, I guess. I LOVE IT!

Tzatziki is mainly served, as an appetizer, with white bread (both fresh and roasted) but it suits also very well grilled/roasted meat, especially chicken (fillet).


  • - 1/2 cucumber (or 1 small cucumber).
    - 500 gr. of yogurt.
    - 3 - 4 garlic cloves.
    - 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
    - 2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves.
    - 1 tablespoon of wine vinegar. (I prefer the Paros one).
    - salt.


  • - (1) Grate the cucumber.
    - (2) Sprinkle some salt over the cucumber.
    - (3) Put this in the refrigerator and let the salt absorb (for about 15 minutes).
    - (4) Press out all the excessive fluids.
    - (5) In a bowl, mix the cucumber with the yogurt.
    - (6) Press the garlic into the mixture.
    - (7) Stir the olive oil, chopped mint leaves and the wine vinegar in the mixture.
    - (8) Mix very well.
    - (9) Put the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes (the longer the better).

  • Finally:
    - Sprinkle some fresh chopped mint leaves on it.
    - Pour some oil over it.
    - For decoration, add some (black) olives.


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2 years ago


This looks like kheer ana indian typical side dish as a replacement with rich

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2 years ago

It is the first time that I hear about Kheer (so I Googled it). It seems it is some kind of pudding. I believe that Kheer tastes like the Greek Rizogalo:

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