Peel cucumber, cut in half lengthways and de-seed using a teaspoon, then coarsely grate.
grated cucumber into a sieve suspended over a bowl, sprinkle over 1/2 tsp of salt and mix through. Place a plate on top of cucumber and allow cucumber to drain for approximately 1 hour, or until water stops dripping (whichever is first).
all the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
flavours combine better if given time so I prefer to leave it in a sealed container in the refrigerator overnight.
Greek yoghurt is not available then you can make your own Greek style from plain yoghurt by suspending a sieve lined with cheesecloth over a bowl, adding the yoghurt and allowing it to drain for 2-3 hours, or longer if thicker yoghurt is preferred, in a refrigerator. A paper coffee filter can be used as an alternative to a cheesecloth, following the above method.
Traditional Tzatziki made with cucumber has to be one of the most popular dips in the world, but there is nothing to say you can’t change things around a bit here and there and give tradition a little nadge and a twist
I've given this its most popular name of Tzatziki, but my recipe and reason for posting it, is as a collection which go together (with some other Turkish recipes), remniscent of my favourite foods from there including this, the Turkish version known as 'Cacik'