Cacık is similar to the Greek dish Tzatziki, differing mainly in consistency. Tzatziki is usually a bit thicker since you add a little bit of water to cacık to make it thinner. In the end in depends on the type of yogurt you are using. Mine was already fairly runny so I didn’t need to add water. Good thing about this dish is that you can adjust practically all the ingredients to match your taste. If you want extra garlicy taste you can just add one or two more cloves of garlic, or if you don’t – minimise the amount of garlic cloves to one. Mint works really great in this combination and although some recipes call for dried mint, if you have fresh use it, it will make such a difference. A splash of lemon or lime juice will just boost the freshness of mint. It’s a great yummy side-dish that works well with everything practically; veggie dishes, meat dishes, rice, bulgur etc.


  • 250 ml natural jogurt
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 fresh medium sized cucumber
  • a splash of lime juice
  • a bunch of fresh mint
  • olive oil
  • salt to taste


Grate or crush the garlic cloves and combine with salt. Then peel and chop the cucumber and add to the crushed garlic. Wash and chop a handful of mint. The finer you do it the better. Finally add yogurt and mix all well, drizzle some olive oil on top.

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