I am so excited to introduce the first of a five-part series of illustrations representing Turkish recipes. I have long desired to produce illustrations that capture the flavors, colors, and spirit of these recipes, and finally - we are here! After the release of the five illustrations, we will have prints, postcards, and kitchen towels for sale with the illustrations.
Cacık is a yogurt-based side dish, usually served as a soup or meze. It is simple introduction to Turkish food and is perfect for hot summer days! To see how I take each of these ingredients to make cacık, check out the video below.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
2 cups, Turkish Yogurt
1/2 cup cold Water
2 Large Cucumbers, peeled and grated
2 Cloves Garlic, peeled and grated
1 Tablespoon minced mint
1 Tablespoon minced dill (optional)
1/4 Lemon, juiced (optional)
Olive oil, drizzle to finish
Salt + Pepper to taste
In a mixing bowl, combine the yogurt and water. Mix with a whisk until combined.
Add the grated cucumbers, minced garlic, lemon juice, and herbs. Add salt and pepper to taste.
After the ingredients are fully incorporated, transfer to a serving bowl.
Garnish with the mint or dill, and drizzle olive oil on top. Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Enjoy! Afiyet Olsun!