Haydari (Turkish yoghurt dip)

    8 hours 15 min

    I live in Turkey and love ordering haydari. It is a thick and tangy Turkish yoghurt dip best served with meat kebabs and pitta bread. You can even serve it with toasted pitta triangles as a party nibble.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 500g natural yoghurt
    • 5 cloves garlic
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 bunch fresh dill, chopped
    • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
    • 100g cream cheese, softened
    • 2 mint leaves, for garnish

    Prep:15min  ›  Extra time:8hr resting  ›  Ready in:8hr15min 

    1. Line a sieve with two layers of muslin and place over a medium bowl. Place the yoghurt on the muslin and cover the sieve with cling film. Allow yoghurt to strain 8 hours or overnight.
    2. Scoop the strained yoghurt into a mixing bowl. Mash the garlic cloves with the salt into a fine paste; mix into the yoghurt. Stir the dill, parsley and cream cheese into the yoghurt and garlic mixture. Spread onto a dish and garnish with the mint leaves to serve.

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    Love Turkey and made this dish as we love the taste.Thought dish would be OK but it was fabulous just like being on hols  -  09 Nov 2017


    Different from other yogurt dips I have made...the cream cheese really makes it smooth and delectable...Old and young loved it..  -  03 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Normally cream cheese is not one of the ingredients, but it can work to firm watery yogurt used in Europe/Usa etc.  -  05 May 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)