Step 1: You will need
- 1 cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
- 250 ml yoghurt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tbsp dill, chopped, or oregano
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 dill sprigs for garnish
- 3 bowls
- 2 sieves
- 1 spoon
- cling film
Step 2: Strain the yoghurt
Place a sieve over a large bowl. Pour in the yoghurt and leave for half an hour to drain the liquid.
Step 3: Strain the cucumber
Place a sieve over another bowl, add the cucumber and salt. The salt draws out the water in the cucumber. Stir a little and leave for half an hour.
Step 4: Make the tzatzki
After half an hour, the water should have drained from both ingredients.
Spoon the cucumber into a bowl. Then add the yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, dill, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix together until it is well combined.
Finally, cover with cling film and chill for one hour before serving.
Step 5: Serve
Spoon the tzatziki into a serving bowl and garnish with a sprig of dill or a sprinkle of chopped mint.
Tzatziki is very versatile and can be served as an accompaniment to dishes such as lamb kebabs or grilled fish and vegetables, spread on squares of pita bread as a snack, or served as a dip with crudités (batons of raw carrot, celery, spring onion etc.).