Discover the recipe for tzatziki, the delicious Greek yogurt sauce used as a dip or condiment. And it is Cyril Lignac’s version that we prefer to try.
The ingredients of tzatziki by Cyril Lignac for 4 people
- 1 cucumber
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 10cl of olive oil (
- 600g Greek yogurt
- 3 ass. tablespoon wine vinegar
- coarse salt
- 1 salad bowl + 1 spatula
- For dressing: a peeler (vegetable peeler)
The 7 steps of the recipe for tzatziki by Cyril Lignac
- Peel, seed and grate the cucumber.
- Chop the garlic cloves.
- In a salad bowl, mix the garlic, the cucumber, the yogurt.
- Add olive oil and wine vinegar.
- Salt and mix.
- For presentation, you can make cucumber tongues that you roll in a circle and put on the surface of the tzatziki. You can also add a few sprigs of fennel and sprinkle with a little powdered cumin, to have the rendering of Cyril Lignac (see photo below).
- Serve chilled.
The origin of Tzatziki
Tzatziki is that delicious Greek yogurt sauce that is often used as a dip or condiment. The word “tzatziki” comes from the Turkish word “cevizli”which means “with nuts”.
What relationship with the Turk then? You have to go back to the time of the Ottoman Empire. On the route to India, trading ports imported and exported culinary habits between Asia and the Middle East.
This is how the Persians, trading in India, discovered Biryani, this famous dish from North India. But it was too spicy for the taste of the Persian elites and to soften the heat of the dish, they added Raita sauce, this Indian sauce made from yoghurt and cucumber. Thus, the freshness of the cucumber and the sweetness of the rice appeased the fire of the spices.
Back in the Middle East, the Persian elites brought the Raita sauce recipe back with them. The Ottoman Empire was seduced, then the Greeks. By making tiny modifications to the recipe, the Tzatziki was born, losing its Indian roots.