Turkish Yogurt Dip aka Cacik is such a tasty dip that makes your mouth water. It is the perfect combination of refreshing yogurt and cucumber. Our favorite go to dip in summer.
With the refreshing ingredients in it, Turkish yogurt sauce called cacik is a staple side dish in Turkish cuisine. We pair it with kebabs, Turkish meatballs and chicken dishes to simple menemen egg dish.
Although there might be slight differences, cacik is mainly the same as Greek tzatziki. You can’t imagine how easy and simple yet so addictive it is.
What is Cacik?
In Turkish “cacik” means very green and fresh. As the name suggests, with the combination of cucumber and yogurt, this cucumber dip is super refreshing.
Besides being a mouthwatering side dish, this Turkish yogurt sauce with cucumber can be eaten on its own as an appetizer or a mezze accompanying other snacks to serve with beer or raki. Believe it or not, it is the first appetizer to disappear on such a board. We think everyone has a weakness for it. You are missing a lot if you haven't given it a try yet.
Besides yogurt and cucumber, we need dried mint, salt, garlic and water to make cacik recipe.
The consistency of this yogurt and cucumber dip might vary. Personally, we find it better when it's thicker and made with strained yogurt, but it's okay to make it with homemade yogurt too.
We find dried mint more flavorful than the fresh one, so we always add dried mint in this Turkish yogurt dip. Even when we use minced fresh mint or dill in the recipe. Fresh dill is an alternative herb that can be used in cacik and we do love it but still we add a little dried mint too.
Garlic in this addictive yogurt and cucumber dip is optional, but we recommend not to leave it out to please your taste buds. You can decrease the amount though. We don't like it too garlicky, so we mostly prefer using just one clove of garlic, finely mashed or pureed. As the recipe is quite versatile, you can test and taste to find your favorite version.
How to Make
Turkish Cacik is a very easy side dish with 4 super easy steps:
First, in a large mixing bowl, put strained yogurt, salt and dried mint. Mix well.
Second, Pour cold water in the bowl and mix well.
Third, add in mashed garlic and mix well.
Finally, add in chopped cucumber and give it a good stir. At this point, taste it and adjust the amount of salt if needed.
Although it's not very common to have extra topping on cacık, there are meyhane type of restaurants(rakı restaurants) serving it with the following toppings:
- Olive oil
- Dried mint
- Red pepper flakes
These extra additions take this simple yogurt dip to a whole new level.
Notes About Turkish Cucumber Dip
- We prefer strained yogurt for a thicker dip, but it's okay to use plain regular yogurt. You need a little water if you use strained yogurt, but don't add any water if it is regular yogurt unless you want a runny, soup-like cacik.
- There are two ways of adding cucumbers in this dip. 1) Chop them finely 2)Shred it. We prefer chopping it because we discovered that it quickly gets juicy when shredded.
- Unlike Greek tzatziki, we never remove the seeds of cucumber when making Turkish cacik. It might be because of the types of cucumbers in Turkey, their seeds are already super tiny and you don't even feel them in the dip. If the cucumbers you are using are big and if you don't want the seeds, just remove them before chopping or shredding the cucumbers.
Note: As mothers are very creative with the ingredients in their kitchen, there are some different versions of cacik in Turkish cuisine. If you don’t have cucumber on hand and if you don’t feel like going out to buy some, you may use lettuce or purslane instead.Print
Turkish Cacik (Cucumber Yogurt Dip)
A super refreshing yogurt dip with cucumber and dried mint called cacik. Perfect to serve with meat dishes and vegetarian dishes.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Mixing
- Cuisine: Turkish
- Diet: Low Calorie
- 1 cup strained yogurt (or 1 and ½ cups homemade yogurt)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried mint
- ¼ cup cold water
- 1 clove garlic,mashed
- ½ cup cucumbers
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried mint
- 1 teaspoon sumac
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- In a large bowl whisk together yogurt, salt and dried mint.
- Pour cold water into it and mix well.
- Add in mashed garlic, mix well.
- Add in chopped cucumbers and give it a good stir until everything is combined.
- Share it into small bowls.
For the optional topping:
- Drizzle olive oil.
- Sprinkle dried mint, sumac and red pepper flakes.
- Serve cold.
You can play with the amount of water and yogurt depending on your taste. Thickness of cacik is originally like soup. But if you want it thicker, use strained yogurt. Don't add any water if you use regular yogurt.
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