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Tzatziki,tzadziki,or tsatsiki is a Greek appetiser,also used as a sauce for the meat-rich dishes like Souvlaki and Gyros.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: March 28, 2009 10:44:35 pm

Tzatziki
(Pronounced as Zat-zi-ki)

Tzatziki,tzadziki,or tsatsiki is a Greek appetiser,also used as a sauce for the meat-rich dishes like Souvlaki and Gyros. Tzatziki is made of strained yoghurt (usually sheep’s milk or goat’s milk in Greece and Turkey) with cucumber,garlic and salt. Usually olive oil,pepper and dill are use,and sometimes lemon juice and parsley,or mint is added. It resembles our own versions of raita or pachadi in the south,but with a tangy twist to provide relief with the heavy red meat,it is usually served with in Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. The acidity cuts the fat.

Tzatziki is always served cold. The cucumbers are either pureed and strained,or seeded and finely diced. Olive oil,olives,and herbs are often used as garnishes. In the US,it is sometimes simplistically dubbed as cucumber sauce. In America,tzatziki is sometimes made with sour cream instead of yoghurt,thus resembling the garlic dip accompanying Lebanese food.

In Mumbai,this delicacy can be sampled at Souk,Taj Mahal Palace & Tower,and Moshe.

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