Cyprus Passion

Tzatziki is also known as ‘Talattouri’ in Cyprus. So, what is Tzatziki you may say? Well, it is a creamy dip made with simple yet fresh ingredients that make it refreshing and tasty. The base is yoghurt and cucumber add a few more ingredients to give it a flavourful taste and viola you’re done!

The origin on Tzatziki is not very well known as you will find it all over the Mediterranean and middle east with slightly different variations. Even various places within Cyprus and Greece have their own spin on this amazing dip.

This dip is commonly served as a started before the Meze begins. It is perfect to dip your veggies like carrots, celery and peppers in or to spread it on your pitta or bread.

The Cypriot version of this dip is made with strained yoghurt, cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, dried mint and a drizzle of olive oil.

Let’s see how you too can make this fresh dip at home!


  • 1 cup of strained Cypriot/Greek yoghurt

  • ½ cup grated cucumber

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 garlic clove grated

  • A pinch of salt

  • 1 tablespoon of crushed dry mint

  • A drizzle of olive oil


1. Grate your cucumber and gently squeeze the juice out of it.

2. In a bowl add your cucumber, yoghurt, lemon juice, grated garlic, crushed dried mint and salt. Mix until it is combines nicely then drizzle your olive oil and place in the fridge to chill.

3. Serve chilled!

So you see the dip is really easy to make and it makes for a great starter to any meal especially during the summer months. This recipe will only take you about 10 mins to make and you can prepare this ahead of time too!

I hope you enjoy this dip as much as we do!