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Tzatziki Recipe

 Tzatziki Photo : Jackie  Cameron

Photo : Jackie Cameron

Tzatziki Recipe

Every restaurant I visited in Dubai included hummus (chickpea paste), baba  ghanoush (a Middle Eastern  puree of eggplant), tzatziki (Greek dip of cucumber and  yoghurt), tabbouleh (Lebanese salad of  bulgur wheat  and vegetables) and fattoush (Levantine salad with   toasted pita bread) on the menu. All were served with pita bread and accompanied main courses of chicken, lamb and or fish. Dried limes   and spices were the norm as were goat’s cheese, eggs, olives, honey,   fruit, almonds and dates. A favourite of mine, the most popular dessert   in the UAE, was UmAli which means “queen of puddings”.   Scrumptious!

Yields : one small bowl size

Ingredients :

1 medium or 1 1/3 cup grated Cucumber

30 ml Salt

1 cup Plain Yoghurt

5 ml finely chopped Mint

5-10 ml finely chopped Garlic

Salt and Pepper

Method :

1) Grate the cucumber and lightly sprinkle or degorge, French term meaning to draw out moisture, with the 30 ml salt amount. Place this into a colander and allow to stand with a bowl underneath for a few minutes.  (This “degorging” works brilliantly when making cucumber sandwiches as it extracts all the moisture so soggy sandwiches are not a result. You can leave your salted cucumbers in a colander over night for best results.)  Wash the cucumber in running cold water. Squeeze out any excess liquid.

2) Take this cucumber mixture and add the yoghurt, mint, garlic, salt and pepper. Be careful not to over-salt

3) Serve with Pita bread and/or biscuits as a dip. Or as a accompaniment for seafood dishes. Tzatziki also compliments lamb dishes extremely well.

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I look forward to hearing from you.

 jackie cameron

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
+27 33 263 2713