I make the recipe for Cyril Lignac’s tzatziki in 2 minutes

Check out the tzatziki recipe, the delicious Greek yogurt sauce used as a dip or condiment. Et c’est la version de Cyril Lignac, that we invite you to try.

The ingredients of the tzatziki by Cyril Lignac pour 4 people

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 10cl of olive oil (
  • 600g of Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. tablespoon wine vinegar
  • coarse salt


  • 1 salad bowl + 1 dressing
  • For dressing: a thrift (vegetable peel)

The 7 Stage of the Recipe tzatziki by Cyril Lignac

  1. Peel a squash, grate it and squeeze the juice.
  2. Chop the garlic cloves.
  3. In a salad bowl, combine garlic, cucumber, yogurt.
  4. Add olive oil and wine vinegar.
  5. Add salt and mix.
  6. For the presentation, you can make cucumber tongues, which you roll in a circle and lay on the surface of the tzatziki. You can also add a few sprigs of fennel and sprinkle with a little cumin powder, to get the rendering of Cyril Lignac (see photo below).
  7. Serve fresh.

The origin of Tzatziki

Le tzatziki is a delicious Greek yogurt sauce that is often used as a dip or condiment. The word “tzatziki” comes from the Turkish word “cevizli”which means “with nuts”.

What is the relationship with the Turk then? We must go back to the time of the Ottoman Empire. On the Indian route, trade ports imported and exported culinary habits between Asia and the Middle East.

This is how the Persians, trading in India, discovered Biryani, this famous dish from North India. But it was too spicy for the Persian elites, and to soften the fire of the dish, they added Raita sauce, that Indian sauce made from yogurt and cucumber. Thus, the freshness of the cucumber and the sweetness of the rice soothe the fire of the spices.

Back in the Middle East, the Persian elites brought the Raita sauce recipe with them. The Ottoman Empire was seduced, and then the Greeks. By making tiny changes to the recipe, the Tzatziki was born, losing its Indian roots.

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