Cacık, also known as Turkish cacik or tzatziki, is a yoghurt-based sauce. You can have a wonderful lunch dipping warm pita bread in cacik, and even enjoy the latter as a soup, as they do in Turkey. Being light and refreshing, this cacik sauce is commonly served with heavier meat recipes, such as lamb tikka. This side dish recipe goes hand-in-hand with any Mediterranean-inspired meal.
Preparation time is very low and it doesn’t involve any cooking. However, to make this recipe a success, you’ll need to make use of premium quality ingredients, with the most important element being yogurt. Fortunately, this is where the Lancashire Farm Natural Bio Yoghurt comes to the rescue!
Turkish cacik recipe with the best yoghurt
This recipe is a doddle if you have high-quality yoghurt at your fingertips. Cue Lancashire Farm Natural Bio Yoghurt. This gluten-free product contains bio-live cultures and is suitable for vegetarians. Thick, smooth and simply irresistible. In fact, it’s so good, there is one sold every two seconds in the UK! Lancashire Farm products have a grazing guarantee, meaning that the cows are free to roam on the fields at least 150 days of the year. Happy cow produces quality milk and 100% of the milk is British.
The products come in two sizes – 1kg and 500g. So, if you would like to make a large batch of cacik, feel free and entire big tub. Cacik stores quite well, so you can serve it with various dishes during the week.
Other products from Lancashire Farm which you can use or might like try include:
- Fat-Free Yoghurt
- Greek Style Yoghurt
- Fat-Free Greek Style Yoghurt
Any of the above yoghurts can easily be used for preparing this recipe. The golden rule is that the yoghurt should be plain, i.e. unflavoured. If you’re thinking of sprucing up your breakfast, Lancashire Farm also has fruity flavours on offer, namely strawberry, coconut and mango. Since the yoghurt contains no artificial colours or flavours, it makes for an ideal snack for kids. You can check out all of the Lancashire Farm products here.
about Lancashire Farm
Established in 1984, Lancashire Farm specialises in producing premium quality natural yoghurts made with locally sourced milk. The company is a proud holder of many awards, such as the Nantwich International Cheese Show, as well as at the Great Yorkshire Show. You can check out all their awards here.
the board game
Have you heard of the Lancashire Farm board game yet? Recently the company came up with this novel idea of putting the fun back into breakfast. The board game is a breakfast creation game which showcases the versatility of yoghurt with regards to the different toppings and sauces that can be eaten with it. Dare to play? Check it out here.
My daughter had great fun rolling the die and struck it it lucky with fresh banana, oats and honey. This is a great way to introduce new foods to fussy kids!
history and origins of Turkish cacik
Cacik is native to Turkey but is very much enjoyed all across Middle Eastern countries, South Balkans and especially in Greece. Over there, you might know it as tzatziki. The word ‘cacik’ is historically derived from the Persian word ‘zhans’ which means herb mixture. In the past, and in the Middle East today, it was prepared with a cheese, called labneh. Labneh is a really thick yoghurt cheese which is strained, hence tasting slightly on the sour side.
what is the difference between cacik and tzatziki?
Cacik and tzatziki are more or less the same. It only depends on where you eat it! Generally, you associate cacik with Turkey, whereas tzatziki is Greek. Generally speaking, tzatziki has a Greek-yoghurt base and contains extremely thin slices of cucumber and lots of shredded garlic and dill. This Greek dip recipe is finished off with dried oregano, salt, pepper and a few drops of extra virgin olive oil. In Greece, it’s best enjoyed with souvlaki meat, pita bread or olives.
how to make authentic Turkish cacik
Cacik slightly varies from tzatziki in the sense that it’s finished off with sumac, which is an acidic spice with vinegary taste. Furthermore, the Turkish version sometimes calls for fresh mint, instead of dill. In Turkey, it’s traditional to dilute the cacik with water and serve it as a soup. The locals use it to cool down during hot and sunny Mediterranean summers.
Let’s not also forget the Balkan version of cacik. Here, you might know the cacik as ‘tarator’. Tarator dip usually contains pieces of nuts and thinly sliced onions and is commonly found in Balkan countries like Albania where they serve it as a side dish to grilled squid.
cacik tips and variations
Here is some food for thought. If you want to play around with different textures, you can alter the way you prepare the cucumber. You can peel the vegetable, leave the skin on for extra texture, grate it or cut it into tiny cubes. The cubes will lend some crunchiness to the yogurt sauce. However, the traditional way to serve cacik is to grate the cucumber so that it blends into the yoghurt. Also, when you’re preparing cacik, you can easily substitute lemon juice with standard vinegar for extra sharpness.
Feel free to play around with different herbs; oregano, mint and fresh thyme – have fun!
delicious Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dip
If you love cacik, you’ll also love making this Greek dip – melitzanosalata. It’s another popular dip as well as a side dish that you can’t ignore if you travel to Greece or the rest of the Mediterranean region. Likewise, a hummus dip can also be just what you are looking for.
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Cacik is a delicious yogurt-based dip with grated cucumber and dill. Learn the difference between a Turkish cacik, Greek tzaziki or Balkan tarator. Enjoy!
- 250g (½ lb) cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 20ml (4 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil
- 40g (1½ oz) dill, finely chopped
- 1kg (2 lbs) Lancashire Farm Greek yogurt
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- Place the cucumber in a sieve, salt it abundantly and let it stand for 5 minutes.
- After the allotted time squeeze all the excess water out of the cucumber.
- Add the garlic and olive oil to the food processor and blend until it forms a smooth paste.
- Place the cucumber, garlic paste, dill and yogurt in a big bowl along with some salt and pepper. Mix the ingredients with your hands until all the elements have dispersed evenly.
- Place the dip in a bowl, drizzle it with olive oil and enjoy.
- Serve with any barbecued meat or eat with vegetable crudités, chips or fresh bread.
- Category: Side Dish
- Cuisine: Turkish
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 227
- Sugar: 19.5 g
- Sodium: 127 mg
- Fat: 4.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 23.4 g
- Protein: 24.1 g
- Cholesterol: 5 mg
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