Cacik | Turkish Cucumber and Yoghurt Mezze

Cool off in hot weather with a classic yoghurt dip from Turkey.

Cacik Yoghurt Soup

Cacik is a wonderful dish, cooling in summer and endlessly versatile. It can be made very thick with thick thick yoghurt to serve as a dip or along side curries, rice dishes and pastry dishes. Make it with ordinary yoghurt as a sauce to drizzle over vegetables or salads or some filo pastry dish. Or make it thin with some ice cold water and eat as a soup.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Green Tahini Dip and Sauce, Yoghurt Tahina Dip with Herbs, and Green peppers in yoghurt.

Here we love yoghurt, so there is quite a collection of yoghurt recipes, including drinks, dips, raitas, yoghurt curries and salad dressings. I hope something inspires you there. Or our Dips are here, Turkish dishes here and Middle Eastern recipes here. Or be inspired by our Late Spring recipes.

Cacik: A Turkish Yoghurt Dish

Cacik | A Turkish Dip and Soup

Source : inspired by Turquoise
Cuisine: Turkish
Prep time: 5 mins + chilling time
Cooking time: 0 mins
Serves: 4 – 6 people, depending how you use it

500g thick yoghurt (use a Greek yoghurt or make thick thick yoghurt; use ordinary yoghurt for a thinner consistency)
1 clove garlic
2 Lebanese cucumbers, no need to peel
1/3 cup finely chopped dill
1 tspn dried mint
small squeeze lemon juice
sea salt and a tiny pinch black pepper

Crush the garlic with a small teaspoon of salt, and beat with the yoghurt, cucumber, black pepper and herbs. Taste and add more salt if required. Cover and chill until ready to eat. Enjoy!

Cacik Yoghurt Soup

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18 thoughts on “Cacik | Turkish Cucumber and Yoghurt Mezze”

  1. so cooling yogurt! Very bright pics Ganga. So cool! 🙂
    Here, in Melbourne the weather is quite dramatic with rainy and windy. I feel so cold in summer. 😦

    btw, I’ll prepare this when the we have hot day. 🙂

    1. Thanks Sonia, yes it is cooler here too but it sounds like you are having real winter storms in summer! Never fear, the heat will return. 🙂

  2. i love the pics…adn the bowls are gorgeous….i love this preparation… dint know what it was called tho

  3. Wow, I’ve been looking for this recipe everywhere. I visited a Turkish restaurant and enjoyed this yogurt but wanted to learn how to make some. Thanks for the recipe! Very generous of you for sharing it. Will try to make some. Hazel

  4. thanks for teaching me a new dish, Cacik has a nice ring to it!..great that you managed the hot day with this refreshing dish..

    sorry for the delay in responding about those fresh turmeric roots for signifies new beginning as during this month we get fresh crops and farmers enjoy the bounty. so they pray to Sun God to shower more such blessings on them by offering fresh turmeric roots. In another sense, since turmeric is a basic part of the Indian cuisine, it symbolizes prosperity by having these fresh ones in the puja…

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