In Turkish “cacik” means very green and fresh. Cucumber is the main vegetable for this dish. The more fresh cucumber, the better. This is a kind of side dish served mainly with pilaf. It may also be a delicious appetizer for your drink.
As mothers are very creative with the ingredients in their kitchen, there are some different versions of cacik. If you don’t have cucumber in your kitchen and if you don’t feel like going out to buy some, you may use lettuce or green pepper instead.
• 2 cups yogurt (if you have strained yogurt, it’s better)
• 1/2 cup water
• 2 cucumbers, diced
• 4 cloves garlic,mashed
• Dried mint or fresh dill
Put yogurt in a bowl and mix it with a spoon. Pour water in it, keep mixing. Add garlic, salt and diced cucumber, mix it again.
You may balance the amount of water and yogurt depending on your taste. Thickness of cacik is originally like soup. But if you want it thicker, add less water.
Finally add dried mint and/or finely chopped fresh dill. That’s it!