Cacik (Seasoned and Diluted Yogurt)
1 cucumber, shredded
1-2 cloves of garlic, smashed or grated
½ tsp salt
1tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)
1 cup yogurt
½ cup purified water (optional)
½ tsp dried mint (optional)
In a bowl place the grated cucumber( You can peel the skin before shredding , I have shredded without peeling, because it is healthier that way), smashed garlic, salt and yogurt. Stir them well until the yogurt becomes smooth and even.
Then add the water and continue stirring till the yogurt completely dissolves in the water. If you like it thick, skip adding the water. Before serving you can add some dried mint and olive oil on top (optional)
You can serve cacik both with the meat and vegetable dishes.
You can also make cacik without garlic.
By Hayriye Cetin Karaca ( www.turkishfoodandrecipes.com )