Tzatziki is a Greek appetiser that is great on its own or served as an accompaniment to many dishes.
Tzatziki is predominantly made with yoghurt, cucumber, garlic and salt with variations including mint, lemon juice, olive oil and other herbs.
While the name is Greek, this style of appetiser appears in many different types of cuisine, from Middle Eastern, Indian and Bulgarian.
Its popularity is clear, as this side dish is the perfect addition to many meals. The acidity of natural yoghurt cuts back the fattiness of some meats, such as souvlaki, while the cucumber and mint calm down the heat in spicy dishes such as curries. On its own it is delicious served with breads and vegetables.
1(140g) Lebanese cucumber (or a seedless variety)
200g Greek style yoghurt
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped mint
Coarsely grate the cucumber and place in a clean tea towel. Wrap the cucumber up in the tea towel and squeeze out any excess liquid.
Place the cucumber in a large bowl and combine with the yoghurt, garlic and mint.
Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Makes 1 1/2 cups.
Store in refrigerator for up to 10 days.