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Type Appetizer
Place of origin Greece
Region or state Agean Sea
Main ingredient(s) Strained yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, olive oil, salt and sometimes lemon juice, dill, mint or parsley

Tzatziki (Anglicised: /zɑːdˈzki/; Greek: τζατζίκι [dzaˈdzici] or [dʒaˈdʒici]) is a Greek sauce served with grilled meats. Tzatziki is made of strained yogurt (usually from sheep or goat milk) mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, and sometimes lemon juice, and dill or mint or parsley.[1] Tzatziki is always served cold.


The name comes from the comparable Turkish dish cacık.

Regional variations[edit]

Typical ingredients
  • Turkish cuisine: cacık
  • Bulgarian, Macedonian, and Serbian cuisine: tarator.
  • Iraq: jajeek, normally served as meze alongside alcoholic drinks
  • In the Caucasus Mountains: ovdukh, with kefir instead of yogurt, making a drink that can be poured over a mixture of vegetables, eggs and ham to create a variation of okroshka, sometimes referred to as a 'Caucasus okroshka'.
  • Iran: mast-o-khiar ("yogurt with cucumber"). It is made using a thicker yogurt, which is mixed with sliced cucumber, and mint or dill (sometimes chopped nuts and raisins are also added as a garnish).[citation needed].
  • India: raita

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