Semra Arslan; 37, from Turkey
It is a very light, tasty, quick and easy to prepare, vegetarian dish. Similar recipes have been known since the ancient Mesopotamians. Used in addition to the Greek tzatziki it is also very similar to Bulgarian Sneschenka, the Albanian Taratoi, the Persian Mast or Khiar and even similar to the Indian Kheere ka Raita. Cacik is served as an appetizer, used as a sauce for salads, kebabs and Lahmacun or served with pita bread and Borek.
Which health diseases can this remedy help to heal?
For digestive troubles
Difficulty Level I
How much does it take to prepare it? 10 min.
Cooking utensils What are the necessary tools for cooking the remedy?
Knife, Sieve, Bowl, Garlic press, Grater, Mortar
People For how many people?
Plant / Natural ingredients used List of ingredients with quantity
250g small cucumber, 250g yogurt/cream yogurt, 2-3 cloves of garlic, 1 tablespoon mint (dried or fresh), 1 teaspoon of dill (dried or fresh), a pinch of salt, a splash of olive oil, a splash of water.
Grate the cucumber (or finely chop), crush the garlic, add the salt, mint, dill, and olive oil and mix it with the yogurt. Depending on the recipe and use, Cacik can be diluted with water. The Cacik is poured into a serving bowl and drizzled with a little olive oil. The dried mint is crushed in a mortar, which creates a very fine powder. This powder is scattered over the whole Cacik – this gives it some spice and decoration. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and refrigerate until serving.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.