Yoghurt with Cucumber Cacık

This hydrating meze is perfect as a bbq meat accompaniment, part of a meze spread or a refreshing snack on a hot summers day.




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Category: Mezes & Appetizers
Seasons Summer
Cuisine Type Turkish


Cacık / Cucumber meze

4 'Su' glasses (approx 3.5 Cups) 'Süzme' thick yoghurt
1 Large Garlic clove, minced
1/2 Teaspoon Sea salt
1/2 'Su' glass (100ml) Water
4 Turkish cucumbers

Options for serving

Olive oil
Lemon juice
Fresh mint

Yoghurt with Cucumber Cacık Directions

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut the cucumber as small as possible. If you use cucumbers other than the small Turkish 'Bademcık' ones, remove the seeds and peel should this skin be thick. 
  2. For me, that means holding it upright in my left hand and with the knife in the right cutting down into cucumber a few centimetres in small stripes parallel to each other, turning it 90 degrees and cutting again, therefore, creating perpendicular lines. This cross-hatching makes easy work of tiny pieces.
  3. In a medium bowl, gently whisk together the thick yoghurt, minced garlic and salt. 
  4. Add a little of the water at a time (as much as is required for your desired consistency).
  5. Stir in the cucumber pieces. 
  6. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of twenty minutes or until required.
  7. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and, if desired, chopped mint, squeeze of lemon juice, or sprinkle cumin/pul biber pepper flakes. 

Recipe notes

  • Suzme or strained yoghurt is ideal for making cacık and needs a little water to find the right consistency. Should you have only plain yoghurt omit the water and reduce the volume of yoghurt used by a third. 


  • Turkish cucumbers are very small and have only a little amount of seeds and thin skin. Larger cucumbers cn be used but will likely need peeling and the seeds removed. 


  • Garlic and salt are optional and should be used or missed as desired. 


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