This Garlic Yoghurt Dip is honestly a very simple recipe to create. You can have it whipped up in under 10 minutes. Not only that, but it is highly addictive and so versatile.
If you have ever dined at a Middle Eastern, Greek or Mediterranean restaurant, I can almost guarantee that you would have been served with some sort of variation of the ‘Tzatziki’ sauce. Whilst traditionally, Tzatziki includes strained yoghurt, finely chopped cucumbers, garlic and some type of herb, you’ll find that many variations exist. It is an extremely creamy and tangy dip.
Whilst Tzatziki is native to Greece, a version of the dip is found in almost any cuisine. For example, in India, it is called Raita and includes yoghurt, cucumber and mint also but you might find additional ingredients such as onions and ground coriander and ground cumin. In Turkey their version is called Haydari and may also include dill and chopped walnuts. I could go on for hours!
It is the same in the Middle East; you will find that different variations exist in Lebanon compared with Palestine for example.
However, no matter the region or variation, the three major components include: yoghurt, garlic, and acid. So, as long as you start with those three ingredients using them as a base, feel free to experiment and play around creating endless combinations adding in other herbs and vegetables.
Preparing the Garlic Yoghurt Dip:
My recipe here of course starts with the yoghurt. Honestly, full fat works best due to the creaminess however if you want a healthier less-fat alternative go with low-fat yoghurt. Labneh works great also and you can make your own by straining Greek yoghurt through a piece of cheese cloth (more on that later!).
With regards to the garlic, I use one clove but add more or less for your own personal taste. I love garlic personally but not everyone is like me! Grate it if you prefer a more delicate flavour also.
Lemon juice is a must to get that tangy flavour. Again, add more or less depending on your own personal taste.
From then on, it’s up to you if you desire! You could always create my recipe to start with and then add in additional herbs such as coriander or parsley.
At the end, I like to pour a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle some Zaatar seasoning on mine. I add a little chopped green onion for that additional crunch.
You can serve it as it is with toasted Lebanese pita bread, or chopped veggies like carrots, cucumbers, pepper, celery; you can use it as a sauce for grilled meats or as even as a spread for sandwiches and wraps.
Garlic Yoghurt Dip
- 1 cup Greek yoghurt
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tbsp chives
- 1 tsp dill
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 pinch lemon salt and pepper
- 1 tsp Zaatar seasoning
- 1 tsp green onions
- 1 drizzle olive oil extra virgin
- Mince the garlic and finely chop the chives
- In a bowl, combine the yogurt, garlic, chives, dill, lemon juice and salt and pepper.
- Mix well. Season to taste.
- Top with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of Zaatar seasoning, and the chopped green onion.
- Serve the dip cold with toasted Lebanese pita bread and/or chopped vegetables.
Recommended for this Recipe:
Zaatar Seasoning – a fragrant and extremely versatile seasoning blend. Made from a combination of oregano, thyme, sumac, roasted sesame seeds and salt.
Lemon Salt – a tangy lemon flavoured sea salt
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