Cacik Recipe

Cacik Recipe

Cacik

Cacik Recipe

Cacik

The Cacik mix of yogurt, mint, and spice makes cacik smooth and extremely fresh tasting. It’s a perfect side-course to the general heaviness of Turkish main dishes.

Preparation Time: 25 Minutes
Servings: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 seedless European cucumber (seedless) or 1 large regular cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 1 -2 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh mint (or 1 tbs dried) or 3 tablespoons dill, finely chopped (or 1 tbs dried)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste

Procedure:

  1. Peel the cucumber and seed it, if necessary, then coarsely grate or finely chop it.
  2. Place the grated cucumber in a colander and toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  3. Let stand, over a bowl or in sink, for 20 minutes to drain off some of the excess water from the cucumber.
  4. Blot the cucumber dry with paper towels.
  5. Put the yogurt in a bowl.
  6. Stir in cucumber, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons of mint/dill, 1 tablespoon oil and pepper.
  7. Taste for seasoning, adding salt or pepper as necessary.
  8. To serve, drizzle with remaining tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle remaining tablespoon of mint/dill.
  9. Serve as a dip with wedges of fresh pita bread.
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