Introduction: How to Make Cacik

Cacik is primarily yogurt. It can be used as a dressing, a dip or even eaten on it's own. Cacik is similar to Tzatziki - I guess you could say it's the Turkish version of Greek Tzatziki.

Step 1: Ingridients

1 Cucumber
1 Cup of Yogurt
1 Clove of Garlic

Step 2: Begin

Finely Grate your cucumber.
Finely mince your garlic.

Place grated cucumber in a colander and spread evenly. Sprinkle with salt and allow to rest for 30 minutes. This draws out some water. After 30 minutes, squeeze the cucumber into a ball and squish out as much water as possible.

Step 3: Mix and Serve

Take your squeezed cucumber ball and place into 1 cup of yogurt. Add minced garlic and mix well.

You can eat this by itself, serve with crackers - use as a pita dressing etc.


rodthesod made it! (author)2010-09-12

when in Turkey i always prefer my cacik made with climbing spinach (aka malabar) as the main ingredient. However, when i make it myself at home I use ordinary (English) spinach also plus some chopped scallions, mint, chopped cucumber, lemon juice,salt/white pepper,& some chopped parsley sometimes.  A pinch of powdered mustard if you want to spice it up a bit. Essentially, you can add whatever takes your fancy to make it a more tasty dish which you can sup on while watching TV at night - or as an appetiser,etc., etc! 

3ngin3 made it! (author)2010-01-05

hello, I'm from Turkey and I have some advices to eat this dish. You see, it's not a meal and not an appetizer as well. Turks usually eat/drink this while eating the main dish. It makes it more delicious I think.
Second is, yogurt is really important here because it contains the main taste. It should taste "clean" and not-sour. It shouldnt be so watery or thick.
well that's all :)

zachninme made it! (author)2007-08-31

Ohh! Isn't that that stuff for Gyro sandwiches? (I watch too much Good Eats...)

trebuchet03 made it! (author)trebuchet032007-08-31

Perhaps - they're probably using Tzatziki.... I think tzatziki typically has olive oil and an added acid (like lemon juice or a little vinegar). But ya, you could use this stuff if in Gyros if you want :)

I haven't watched that show in a long, long time....

Wolfbird made it! (author)Wolfbird2009-10-05

For what it's worth now: Yes, I add either lemon juice or vinegar (but not too much, maybe a splash or so) in my tzatziki. I have never used olive oil. I do put in parsley though; fresh is best, dried adds a little something-something as far as taste and color are concerned. The guy I stole the recipe for puts in about half a bunch of shopped fresh parsley leaves... I think this is excessive and just guesstimate it (ie: the "dump it in until it looks about right" method).

karossii made it! (author)karossii2009-03-23

Here in American fast food Gyro stands at least, Tzatziki (which is the same thing as Cacik - see Nilsar's comment) is indeed used in Gyros. And when I worked at a Gyro stand in a mall about 18 years ago or so, we made the sauce (back then I had no idea what it was called) from Yogurt, shredded cucumber, and garlic. One of the owners liked to throw in a secret mix of spices; which I am pretty sure was dill and a bit of cilantro... and it went wonderfully in it, but that was only for his private reserve of the sauce, which we employees could sample. Once we ran out of Yogurt and the sauce, and we made it purely with Sour Cream, it wasn't as good but it was passable... so I could see a half and half mix of Yogurt and Sour Cream working (though I would stick with just Yogurt myself). I've heard of it being made with mayonnaise as well, but that just sounds disgusting to me.

Derin made it! (author)Derin2008-06-20

it isnt(from a turkish person)

technick29 made it! (author)technick292007-08-31

Good Eats & gyros ROCK. Oh, and good Instructable, I'll have to make it sometime!

homba made it! (author)2008-11-25

Had this tonight for dinner. My Aunt brought her recipe back from Turkey where most of her family was stationed in the US Air Force. Hers is plain yogurt, diced cucumbers, garlic, and then some salt and a little olive oil. That goes on tabouli bread (or just pita bread). Then it gets topped with a mixture of diced green olives pepper and olive oil (and a little more garlic if you're so inclined). Proportions are to taste but this is yummy stuff :)

trebuchet03 made it! (author)2008-07-22

You can eat this by itself, serve with crackers - use as a pita dressing etc.

I don't know what you do with your dips - but I eat them ;)

In any case, I eat it standalone - but, it's foolish to think that there is only one consumption vector for any food ;)

Derin made it! (author)Derin2008-09-21

i noticed that no dip is mentioned,but I know my grandpa dips bread in cacık

kerembasaran made it! (author)2008-09-19

Dill is as important as cucumber in cacik. You should definitely have some dill in your cacık, and take it easy on the salt.

I avoid cacik with my food because i like cacik (and yoghurt) so much i fill myself up with it and don't eat my main dish :)

Nilsar made it! (author)2008-07-18

In modern Turkish the "c" curve is a "j" as in the english Jam or edge. Phonetically /dj/ not as in the second "g" of garage, or as in the french-je. /dj/ is easily transmutable to /dz/ then into /tz/ as the the greeks pronounce it. The final "i" is a grammatical adaptation to Greek to get tzatziki. Anyway you spoon it though, it's delish!

kittenlover666 made it! (author)2008-07-06

thanks i love cacik.

Weissensteinburg made it! (author)2007-08-30

Whenever I see the word "Cacik" I think it says "Crack" I'm not much of a cucumber guy...I prefer pickled cucumbers.

Cartuner55 made it! (author)Cartuner552008-07-05

ha when i first saw this instructable in cooking for one i thought, "How to make CRACK????? WTF!!" then i read better, and clicked the link, and read Weissensteinburg's comment, "Whenever I see the word "Cacik" I think it says "Crack" I'm not much of a cucumber guy...I prefer pickled cucumbers." and commented back..... (repeat)

Derin made it! (author)Derin2008-06-20

that may work

Crash2108 made it! (author)Crash21082007-08-30


backcountry made it! (author)2007-08-31

A couple of mods from my own experience: - Half yoghurt, half sour-cream gives a thicker, richer result. - A handful of mint leaves is a nice flavorful touch. - I even throw in chili and cumin sometimes for some extra kick.

Derin made it! (author)Derin2008-06-20

yes mint is pretty good i think you shouldnt use sour cream because the thing is already sour enough(dependant on your liking)

Derin made it! (author)2008-06-20

good job on explaining this I really think it is good since i see this a lot(im turkish)

Lithium Rain made it! (author)2007-11-30


when I first saw the title I thought it said

How to make crack

So imagine my relief when I found that it really says
How to Make Cacik

Sunbanks made it! (author)Sunbanks2008-05-30

I thought that too! I was just looking throught the ible's when what looks like "How to make crack" comes up!

Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2008-05-30

It kinda freaked me out for a

Sunbanks made it! (author)Sunbanks2008-05-30

Haha yeah. At first I wondered why there would be an instructable on how to make crack.

geisterleitung made it! (author)2007-08-30

Yea, that's pretty much the recipe for tzatziki. yummy.

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