Tzatziki is a dip made of yoghurt and mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, sometimes with vinegar or lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, parsley and thyme.
1/2 of a large cucumber,peeled
1 1/2 cups plain full-fat Greek yoghurt
2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp fresh dill
Grate the cucumber and drain thoroughly.
Keep in the refrigerator overnight.
Combine the yoghurt, garlic, oil, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Transfer the grated cucumber and fresh dill to the yoghurt mixture and stir to combine.
Serve chilled with pita bread for dipping.
Spanakorizo is a Greek vegetarian dish of spinach and rice. It may be eaten hot or cold.
1 kg spinach (chopped, washed, drained)
1 spring onion (chopped)
1/3 cups olive oil
1 1/3 cup water
1 1/3 cups long-grain rice
5 1/4 cups water
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons lemon juice
In a pot, sauté the chopped spring onion in the oil over medium heat for 8-10 minutes.
Add spinach and 1 1/3 cups of water and cook until the spinach wilts.
Add rice and 5 1/4 cups of water, bring to a boil, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in lemon juice and salt, cook for another 5 minutes and remove from heat.
Serve hot with wedges of lemon and freshly ground pepper.
Loukoumades are little bite-sized fluffy sweet honey balls which are deep fried and served soaked in hot honey syrup, sprinkled with cinnamon and garnished with chopped walnuts or toasted sesame seeds.
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup lukewarm water
½ cup milk
1 sachet dry instant yeast (10g)
1 tbsp sugar
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon
1 tbsp oil + more for frying
Maple syrup for drizzling
Powdered pistachio for garnish
Mix all the dry ingredients together including yeast.
Then add lukewarm water and milk and mix well.
Cover with a piece of cling film and rest it for about 2 hours until dough triples in size .
Once the dough is ready, heat oil in a wok.
Once the oil is hot, scoop a teaspoon of the dough and gently drop it into hot oil.
Fry about 4 loukoumades at one time till golden brown. Drain on kitchen towel.
Drizzle maple syrup on the loukoumades and garnish with powdered pistachios.