Sunday 28 February 2016


Tzatziki, similar to raita (Indian cucumber dip), is a Greek dip served with starters or alongside mains, usually grilled meat. It is made of cucumber and thick yogurt. I have used low fat Greek yogurt (I prefer it to the full fat) but if you go for full fat it would definitely add to the creaminess of the Tzatziki. The yogurt should be thick Greek yogurt though but you could use whole milk yogurt and strain it yourself. I also use the whole cucumber, seeds and all. (why waste? But if you prefer to remove them, don't throw the seeds away, add some salt and paprika, put on a cracker, makes a healthy snack) 

I personally love Tzatziki with some  cut vegetable sticks such as carrots or some toasted pita. It is a great snack, healthy and super simple to make!


150 gms Greek yogurt 
1 large cucumber
2 - 3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsp lemon juice
Pinch of chilli powder
Salt to taste
1 tbsp mint leaves, chopped
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil


Peel the cucumber and grate it onto a kitchen towel and squeeze out all the water into a glass (add some salt and lemon juice to the water, makes a refreshing drink ;))

Add the grated cucumber, crushed garlic, lemon juice and mint leaves to the yogurt, season with salt and mix well. Drizzle over the extra virgin olive oil and add a pinch of chilli powder.

Serve with vegetable sticks or pita.


  1. I was never sure of the differences between this and raita - now you've explained! I only ever buy greek yogurt so this will be perfect to help me avoid food waste. Thanks for sharing :)


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