‘Cacık’ is another fantastic side dish that we love. Yogurt, water, cucumber and garlic are the main ingredients of ‘Cacık’. It is wing-man of the most main dishes in Turkish cuisine. For centuries we loved to prepare and consume ‘Cacık’. Some restaurants offer ‘Cacık’ as a meze and some offer as a side dish. Some restaurants don’t even charge money for it.
In my perspective, if you prepare it only with yogurt and other ingredients but without water, then we can consider it as meze because it will be dense, but if you include water in it then it becomes ‘Cacık’. I think this the most obvious difference that we can consider ‘Cacık’ as a side dish instead of meze. In any case, it will come to the table for sure.
The Story of Cacık.
First of all, Turks love to eat ‘Cacık’ and its main ingredient is Yogurt. Yogurt has inherited to us from ancient nomadic Turks. In my earlier posts, I already mentioned that the Turks were living with animal husbandry. If your living was depending on animal husbandry, which means it was very easy for you to access animal products such as milk and egg.
To make ‘Cacık’ you need ‘Yogurt’ and to make ‘Yogurt’ you need ‘Milk’. So this heritage still continues in Turkey and sometimes we make our own Yogurts by ourselves instead of buying it from the super market. I am lucky that my mother makes delicious Yogurt because I love to make ‘Cacık’ from the Yogurt she makes.
Today, animal husbandry is changed and big companies are producing Yogurts in Turkey. Modern World ‘Cacık’ tastes like a cream; however, if you have a chance to make it with homemade Yogurt then it tastes like something special. So I am strongly recommending to you to make your ‘Cacık’ with homemade yogurt. Ask it to your grandmother, she definitely knows how to make homemade yogurt.
- 4 cup plain yogurt
- 2 cup cold water
- 3 cucumber
- 3 clove garlic crush them with garlic crusher
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 pinch dill chopped
- 8 fresh mint leaves
Place the yogurt to the bowl and stir with cold water well until you make sure yogurt and water are mixed well.
Wash the cucumbers and peel them and then grate the cucumbers to the bowl and add the crushed garlic.
Chop the pinch of dill and add to the bowl with salt. Stir all and make sure all mix well.
Distribute the Cacik to the small bowls evenly and it is ready to serve.
Tip: Garnish it with drops of olive oil into the each small bowl and place the fresh mint leaves on to the olive oil drops.