Tzatziki( pronunciation – zatziki or zazziki or Greek Chachchciki , not Taziki ) is a Mediterranean hung card or strained yogurt -garlic creamy dip . It is similar to Turkish cacik and eaten all over Meditarrenean and Levant countries.
3/4 th cup hung curd ( see the procedure )
3 tbl spoon sour cream ( if you don’t find it substitute with hung curd)
3 tbl spoon mayonnaise
1 medium sized cucumber ( I took two small seedless cucumbers)
2 large cloves of garlic, finely grated
1/2 ( half)tbl spoon lemon juice
1/2 tea spoon sugar
Salt to taste
1/2 tbl spoon olive oil
Chopped parsley or dill or mint or any herb of your choice
1. Place yogurt in a cheese cloth and try to squeeze out the extra water . That is called hung curd or strained yogurt . It is called hung curd as the cheecloth was hung until all the water drops out from the yogurt just like making cheese or chaana . We will do it quick so try to squeeze out the water .
2. Mix strained yogurt with sour cream , mayonnaise , olive oil , salt , sugar , garlic and herb . Mix well .
3. Grate the cucumber and squeeze out extra water from it . The cucumber should be dry , there must be no water in order to keep your tzatziki not runny and watery . Now mix the cucumber with it .
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Original tzatziki never has mayonnaise nor cream, parsley,dill or mint.It is a typical greek deep and you will not find it in other Mediterrenean or Levant countries.