Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Tsatsiki - yogurt and cucumbers appetizer from the Balkans

Tsatsiki or tzatziki is the worldwide popular name of a Greek dip, consisiting of yogurt, grated cucumber, some minced garlic and a little olive oil. In Bulgaria there is a salad with same ingredients, but cucumbers are diced small in Bulgarian version and the texture is little denser than the Greek one. Bulgarian name is little funny - this salad is called Snejanka, which is the name of Snow White in Bulgarian, probably because of its white color. On the other hand, people can easily feel its garlicly flavour, so if Snow White had it on her table, no dwarfs would be around her, much less a prince. Anyway, if you don't have kissing in your schedule, you can enjoy this dish, beacuse it is tasty, healthy and easy to prepare.


  • 500 g (1 lb) yogurt (3.6% fat)
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped fine
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped 
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
Strain yoghurt using a chessecloth to remove as much liquid as possible (at least 2 hours).
Combine the other ingredients in following sequence: put diced cucumbers into a bowl, add salt and minced garlic cloves, pour olive oil above and add the yogurt. Mix well with a spoon  and put into the fridge for some hours to allow the tastes to blend.

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