Eat like the locals: Greek fried courgettes and tzatziki

4th June 2018
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Eat like the locals: Greek fried courgettes and tzatziki

If you've been lucky enough to book a place on our popular Crete & Santorini tour, you'll probably have enjoyed several plates of delicious fried courgettes - or kolokythakia tiganita

Served with a refreshing tzatziki or sometimes a creamy tomato sauce, these traditional snacks can be found in most tavernas throughout both Santorini and Crete. Why not whip up a batch and serve at your next gathering?

Fried courgettes (kolokythakia tiganita)

Ingredients:

  • 1 courgette
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • Spinkle of black pepper
  • 8oz carbonated water
  • Oil for frying (we used olive oil that we picked up in Crete!)

Method:

  • Slice courgette into thin rounds (use a mandolin if you have one!)
  • In a bowl, combine flour, salt, pepper and carbonated water, and mix well until a batter is formed
  • Heat the oil in a suitable pan
  • Pat the courgettes dry with kitchen roll, then coat in batter
  • Once the oil is hot enough, put the courgettes into the pan and fry for about two minutes on each side - or until golden brown
  • Remove from oil once cooked, season if you wish and enjoy!

This recipe is super-simple and takes a matter of minutes to prepare from start to finish. If you want to make a quick tzatziki, read on...

Tzatziki

Ingredients

  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • 250g Greek yoghurt
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Bunch of fresh mint, finely chopped

Method

  • Halve your cucumbers and scoop out the seeds. Grate the flesh into a sieve, scatter with salt and drain excess water
  • Put the yoghurt, mint, garlic and lemon juice into a bowl, and combine until mixed through
  • Add the cucumber, stir until it comes together
  • Season to taste and then serve

Tempted to make it? Please send in any photos of your attempt, we'd love to showcase them. What's more, if you have any recipes you've taken home from a holiday, share them with us on Facebook or Twitter, and maybe we'll feature them in an upcoming post!

If you're a fan of fresh Greek cuisine, you'll love our Crete & Santorini tour... imagine wandering ancient ruins where legends were born, gazing out across clear turquoise waters and enjoying sun-soaked landscapes, before sitting down to amazing mezze-style meals at family-run tavernas where the food tells as much of a story as the remains themselves.

Multiple departures throughout the year | £2,495pp

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