Monday, May 21, 2012

Tzatziki - Yogurt and Cucumber Dip

I can't believe how quickly a month passes by...it is reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club.  This month I have had the pleasure of perusing the vegetarian blog, Simply.food.  Simply.food is a wonderful cultural cuisine experience.  What a treat!  There were so many recipes that I wanted to try:  Mango/Chutney Jam, Cauliflower Curry, Peas and Potato Curry to name a few.  As soon as I get some jars, I will for certain be going back to make the jam!

Today, however, I chose Tzatziki, a light and refreshing Yogurt and Cucumber Dip.  When I spent a summer studying in Indian I was introduced to this dip as raita.  It accompanied the meal and served to cool  the pallet after eating the wonderfully spicy foods served.  I love it!!

Mr. T commented on how refreshing it was....and, he is right.



Tzatziki - Yogurt and Cucumber Dip

500g 0% Fat Greek Yogurt (plain)
1/2 cucumber
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 coves garlic
1 pinch paprika

Empty one pot of 0% Fat Greek Yogurt into a bowl and mix well.

Peel the cucumber and cut in half, remove the seeds and grate it.  Place the grated cucumber into a sieve.  Squeeze it to remove the surplus liquid.

Peel the garlic and finely mince it into a paste.  (I crushed the garlic.)

To the yogurt add the cucumber, garlic, olive oil and salt and mix well.

Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with a pinch of sweet paprika.

Serve with warm  toasted pita bread or crackers.

In case you are not familiar with the Secret Recipe Club, I will give you some background.  Each month club members are assigned a secret blog from which we select recipe to prepare and write about in a blog post.  We keep our assignment secret until  reveal day when  we when everybody's posts appear at the same time.  That takes a little behind the scenes coordination by our new leader, April at Angel Foods Kitchen and Group C's leader, Angela at Big Bear's Wife.  Thanks to both of you!









21 comments:

  1. Love that you added paprika. Great SRC choice!

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  2. I almost made her tzatziki dip when I had her blog too. Best dip ever!!! I could eat it on french fries all day long! Great choice!

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  3. I'm such a fan of tzatziki, I dip fries in it, put it on lamb burgers, use on sandwiches, as salad dressing. Love it (and raita).

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  4. Thanks for cooking from simply.food , I am so glad you enjoyed the dip.

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  5. I absolutely love tzatziki/raita! We make it every time we make Indian food. :-)

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  6. I love tzatziki, the Greek dip. I have a good recipe from my Greek, NJ girl friend and neighbor. Great! Hugs,
    FABBY

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  7. I absolutely adore tzatziki and, when I first started cooking, I had no idea how easy it was to make. This recipe looks great and I love the addition of paprika!

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  8. Mmmm, love tzatziki! so bad at spelling that. Looks amazing. I'll have to try it. So glad to be in the SRC club and to meet great foodie bloggers like you!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

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  9. Mmmm....looks like a wonderful tzatziki recipe! Such a delicious SRC pick :)

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  10. I haven't tried it yet but I'm sure squeezing the cukes well is key. Sounds good:@)

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  11. This is my all-time fave dip. I have it every single night with my dinner. It's obsessive!

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  12. Love Tzatziki...so many great warm-weather dips this SRC

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  13. Kate, this looks great. We have a Greek place around the corner that serves the MOST wonderful Tzatziki. Of course, Maria will not give me her recipe. I will actually buy hers and then eat it as a dip or on a salad.

    I was thrilled to get your blog this month. The risotto turned out delicious and I actually made another recipe that I will post in a couple of days!

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  14. This DOES look perfect for cooling the palate with a spicy dish! Looking forward to trying it! : )

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  15. I can't wait to make this!It looks delicious and refreshing!

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  16. I have everything in the fridge to make this. The recipe look simple and delicious. Great SRC pick.

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  17. Kate this looks wonderful! One of my favorite things in the world! Yumm!

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  18. This is just one of the most versatile and wonderful dips, spreads or cooling sides, used in so many parts of the world. I love seeing it pop up on blogs everywhere -- when I was kid, I used to bring it to school as a dip for veggies and nobody had really heard of it.

    Great choice and lovely rendition!!

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  19. I love anything with greek yogurt and this sounds delicious. :D Great choice for SRC. :)

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