Ahlan wa sahlan! Kalos Orisate!

Welcome to Aladdin's Kitchen.

This project started as my hobby in order to combine free time with my love of creating good and healthy food. My love for the Mediterranean diet and its health benefits have pushed me to share my recipes collected from family, friends and trips around the world. In here you will find recipes from all over the Mediterranean: from Athens to Zahle!

I hope you and your guests enjoy these flavorful recipes as much as I do.

Bon appétit!
bil hana we'shifa'! بالهنا و الشفاء
Kali oreksi! καλή όρεξη!

Monday, 12 December 2011


Tzatziki, Greek Traditional Dip/Sauce

Preparation time: 5minutes

  • 1 large peeled cucumber
  • 500g of plain yogurt, preferably Greek yogurt (You can also strain regular low fat yogurt)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of Oregano, or dried mint or fresh dill
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Start my grating the peeled cucumber, and lay the grated cucumber on paper towel to absorb excess water.
Add the grated cucumber to the yogurt, add the 3 cloves of garlic using a garlic press, the oil, lemon juice and the oregano.

Mix well, and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. This recipe is normally better the next day, when all the flavour has infused the yogurt.

*If using plain yogurt, (not Greek style)
Strain the yogurt through a sieve lined with cheese clothes, and let the excess water drain for about 1.5 hours.

Tzatziki is a multipurpose sauce/dip used in Greece. It goes well with bread, salads, meet and fish.


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