Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Greek Style Layered Dip


Probably last week I saw this recipe in Kevin's blog and the same week I tried it.  It's a very simple recipe with layers of hummus,tzatziki , chopped cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese and olives.  Hummus is a very popular middle eastern dip almost everybody will be familiar with this.  Hummus is made with a blend of chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic.  This is generally used as a dip for pitta bread, you can also serve  with fresh cut vegetables.
Tzatziki is again a Greek dip, made with strained yogurt, cucumber and fresh mint leaves. Actually the idea of making a perfect tzatziki I got it from my friend Schmetterling words.  She said to get a perfect tzatziki we have to squeeze out juice from the cucumber completely and a thick greek style yogurt.  Right let's see the ingredients for the layered dip...


Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Serves 2


Ingredients:
For Hummus:
Dried chickpeas- 100 g
Tahini- 1 tbsp
Garlic- 2 cloves
Lemon juice- 2 tbsp
Olive oil- 4 tbsp
Salt to taste
For Tzatziki:
Greek yogurt- 150 ml
Cucumber- 1(10 cm size)
Garlic- 2 cloves
Fresh mint leaves- 2 stalk finely chopped
Salt to taste
For the layers:
Cucumber- 1 ( 10 cm size)
Tomato- 1 medium sized( chopped into cubes)
Feta cheese- 75 g
Black olives- 7 to 8 chopped

Method:
Prepare the hummus:
Soak the dried chickpeas in water for 1 whole night.  The next day  add enough water to the chickpeas until it's completely immersed and pressure cook for upto 4 whistles. Add the cooked chickpeas, tahini, grated garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt to a food processor.  Grind it to a coarse paste. If it doesn't grind well add some more oil.  Take the hummus and keep it separately.

Prepare the Tzatziki:
Peel and grate the cucumber, press it through a sieve to squeeze out the juice from the cucumber completely. Grate the garlic and chop the mint leaves finely. Mix the yogurt, cucmber, mint, garlic and salt.

Note:
If you can't find Greek yogurt in your place.  Place the normal yogurt in muslin cloth and squeeze out the excess water.

Prepare the layers:
In a wide plate or bowl, first spread the hummus, then tzatziki.  And on top of that add the chopped cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese and olives.

Serve the dip immediately with tortillas or pitta bread.  If you are planning for a party.  Prepare the hummus and tzatziki earlier and put it in your refrigerator.  Just before serving prepare the layers and serve.

44 comments:

Sushma Mallya said...

Looks lovely I love dips perect for crisps or even as a filling for a sandwich :)

Jaisy James said...

wow looks so delicious

Ana Rita said...

uauui!!!Great dip Umm...This one is going to my "to do list".

Kiss
Rita

Pari said...

Wow, that's an interesting dip with a nice combination, must taste good.

FOODELICIOUS

schmetterlingwords said...

Ohhh Aysh.... I'm humbled by your honour!! Thank u thank u!!! This dip looks very yummy yummy and lovely presentation...

S.Menaga said...

New to me...looks very nice!!

Priyanka said...

Looks absolutely delicious :)

Now Serving said...

That looks deadly deliciously edible!! And where exactly do you live again so that I might drop by ? :)

Priya said...

Feel like grabbing that entire bowl,delicious dip..

cook from doha said...

a perfect dip.......

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious recipe

aipi said...

wow, looks delicious, I have to try it out, as I love hummus n tzatziki both :)


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Akila said...

very new and yummy dish....

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Regards,
Akila

Priya Sreeram said...

this is too good ! will make an awsome sandwich stuffing !

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Yummy looking dips. Noted a Great recipe of yours today after a very long period.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Minu said...

Lovely Blog. I like your presentation style.
I'm passing the Stylish Blogger award to you.
pl collect it from http://chettinadthruminu.blogspot.com/2011/02/awards.html

savitha ramesh said...

delicious dip and feast for our eyes

Plateful said...

We adore hummus. Your dip sounds so fresh and healthy. And the picture is beautiful, Ayeesha!

Paaka Shaale said...

WOW the dip looks super delicious. Great shot as well :)

Uma said...

lovely dip! looks delicious!

sharada said...

looks yummy...perfect for snack time.

Vimitha Anand said...

A simple and healthy dip dear :)

Smitha said...

oh my...cant stop drooling...I am loving it totally!....yummo!

Smitha
http://smithasspicyflavors.blogspot.com/

Pavithra said...

Lovely dip and the pictures is absolutely gorgeous Ayeesha.

Shanavi said...

Looks so delectable and i need some chips now to go wit this

Nithya said...

Fantastic dip :) wish I could taste some right away :)

Rookie Qookie said...

A lovely dip and I bet it goes well with the Salad and Indian Bread..Too gud :)

Cheers,
Reshmi

Priya (elaichii) said...

very crreamy indeed!

Carol said...

What a delicious combination of flavors! I love both so together I think it would be amazing!

G.Pavani said...

new n tempting n delicious recipe..

Suja Sugathan said...

Dip sounds super yummy..love it.

Angie's Recipes said...

Very smooth and delicious! I have some wholewheat crackers and this is a perfect one for me.

Kankana said...

ohhh looking so fabtastic!!!

Viki's Kitchen said...

Dip looks so creamy and delicious. Nice one.

tasteofbeirut said...

We make hummus a lot and we make a yogurt salad similar to tatziki with small cucumbers and mint and garlic; i just never thought of combining the two. Thanks for the original idea, which I will try.

arthi said...

delicious dip..

Sonia said...

Awesome dip, looks yummy ...never tried it so will make it tomorrow !

yummychunklet said...

This looks great and is healthy!

Gayathri Kumar said...

Very interesting recipe. The dip looks so yumm..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Love the recipe,looks great,nice click!

Padhu said...

Looks fabulous!
Padhuskitchen

Panchpakwan said...

Wow so delicious layered dip..Loved it so much..Nice presentation and clicks.

Jisha said...

awesome presentation and looks delicious...

sweet artichoke said...

Brilliant idea to make a combo of the different delicious dips! It looks very nice!

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