Saturday, November 30, 2013
Cacik- Turkish Yogurt and Cucumber “Soup”
I first encountered cacik in the small Turkish restaurants outside the base at Incirlik, Turkey. It was very popular as a thick, creamy cucumber spread similar to Greek tzatziki. It was made with thickest yogurt, “without the water”. We slathered it on fresh, hot pita bread.
Later I learned that most Turks make cacik more like a cold soup, with regular yogurt. They dice the cucumbers very small, but I use a box grater.
1 large pickling cucumber
3 cups yogurt
2-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried mint
½ tsp salt
1. Grate cucumber on box grater. Place on 6-8 layers of paper towel. Press with another 4-6 layers of paper towel on top, to absorb most of the water.
2. Combine cucumber with yogurt, garlic, mint and salt.