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Authentic Recipe of Talatouri. Refreshing Traditional Cypriot Yogurt Dip.

TTalatouri is a quick and easy recipe made of garlic, cucumber, lemon juice, and olive oil. The perfect dip for a garlic lover.

Things to know about Talatouri Recipe

Cypriot Talatouri is a traditional yogurt dip from Cyprus Cuisine. This simple and quick recipe is packed with flavor thanks to the addition of garlic, cucumber, lemon juice, and olive oil. A distinctive feature of Talatouri is the refreshing mint it has compared to traditional Greek Tzatziki.

Both of these dishes are done similarly, and both are yogurt based. They are served cold as a side dip for Souvlaki, Gyros, and pita bread. Traditional Cypriot Talatouri dip should be made with thick and creamy Greek yogurt with a good amount of garlic.

Traditional Greek yogurt is made out of sheep or goat’s milk giving it its popular creamy texture. The texture of the yogurt and the amount of garlic makes this recipe what it is. If you are a garlic lover Talatouri is the perfect dip for you.

Refreshing Traditional Cypriot Yogurt Dip. Authentic Recipe of Talatouri.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Ταλατούρι
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Occasional Cooking Picnic Recipes


Servings 3 Cups
Calories / Serving 269 kcal


  • 1 pc Cucumber
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 60 ml (2.03 floz) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 500 grams (17.64 oz) Greek Yougurt
  • 1 pc Lemon
  • 2-3 tbsp Fresh Mint
  • 1 tbsp Salt
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  • To start this traditionalTalatouri you need to peel the cucumbers and remove their seeds. Then grate the cucumbers and season them with salt. Leave them for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, chop the fresh mint. Grate the garlic and squeeze the lemon juice out.
  • After 10 minutes wrap a towel around the cucumbers to squeeze the excess water out.
  • Now it is time to mix everything for Talatouri. In a large bowl, mix 1/4 of the Greek yogurt and garlic to evenly distribute the garlic.
  • Add the rest of the yogurt, cucumbers, olive oil, and lemon juice to the mixture. Stir until everything is combined.
  • If you have the time, wrap and refrigerate in the fridge for 1-2 hours. This will incorporate all of the flavors and make Talatouri even tastier.
  • Always serve traditional Talatouri cold. Kalí órexi! Enjoy your meal!

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Seasonal Cooking Summer Recipes


Calories: 269kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 17gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 2387mgPotassium: 264mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 149IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 198mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword Cypriot Tzatziki Sauce with Mint, Talatouri Recipe
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Cooking tip for making Talatouri

  • The garlic for this traditional Talatouri should be grated and not minced by a knife. This way, you can ensure the garlic is distributed evenly in the dip.
  • Feel free to add any other herb you like to this recipe. This is the basic traditional version of Talatouri. But you can always add some fresh parsley or dill to Talatouri.
  • If you choose, you can use dried mint instead of fresh.
  • To achieve a creamy sauce, you must remove the seeds of the cucumbers. The seeds of cucumbers have a lot of water in them, and over time they release water causing the yogurt to be watery. The yogurt should be Greek because of the way it is strained and the milk used.
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What to serve with Talatouri?

This recipe does not have to be just a side dip for chips. It can be served next to grilled meats, in a sandwich, or with pita bread.

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