If you're like us, you can't get enough of the deliciousness. Whether you eat it with just warm pita bread, Greek gyros, or a fresh plate of calamari, tzatziki can be enjoyed in many different ways and is super quick to prepare. So let's learn a little about its history and travel back in time.
The history of tzatziki
When the Ottoman Empire was still in full swing of trade, India enjoyed the simple yogurt-based dip called raita. During this time, the Indian people were ruled by an elite Persian class who ate the Indian rice dish known as biryani.
But the biryani was too spicy for Persian tastes. To balance the fire of the spices, Persians began to enjoy the soothing taste of raita sauce. As we probably all know from personal experience in an Indian restaurant, a cool and fresh yogurt sauce is the perfect solution to overcome the burning sensation in the mouth.
When the Persians came back to the Middle East, they took the raita with them. But even more than the Persians themselves, the Greeks enjoyed this dish. However, they began experimenting with this classic cucumber and yogurt dip until its Indian roots were almost invisible. Tzatziki was born.
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