Easy Turkish Haydari

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Turkish Haydari

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 170kcal


  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 ½ tbsp feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • Salt

For serving

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill


  • Heat the butter in a small saucepan. Then add the dried mint and stir it for a few seconds. Set aside.
  • Take the feta cheese in a mixing bowl, then press down with a fork or a silicone spatula to get a smoother consistency.
  • Mix the remaining ingredients, then add the melted butter to the mixing bowl. Whisk them until it is well combined.
  • Transfer it to the serving plate, drizzle the olive oil, then sprinkle the chopped dill on top.



Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 210mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Tips, Notes & Substitutes:

Haydari is a delicious Turkish yogurt meze that is perfect for any occasion. It is light, practical, and delicious. 

Take a look at the tips and tricks, and service suggestions of Haydari, which is a must-have appetizer for guest menus, invitation tables, and pleasure tables:

  • To make the perfect haydari, you must start with a good quality yogurt. Use full-fat yogurt for the best results. 
  • In Turkey, haydari is made with a yogurt type called “strained yogurt.” Suppose yogurts have high water content in your area. In that case, you can catch that density by straining the yogurt for a few hours with cheesecloth because strained yogurt is essential in achieving the consistency of haydari.
  • You can also make this recipe without cheese, but remember that cheese strengthens the consistency and flavor of haydari.
  • You can adjust the herbs ratio according to your liking. Using dried herbs instead of fresh herbs is also an option. Try adding different spices to your haydari to give it a unique flavor.
  • Serve haydari cold with bread, crackers, or vegetables. You can drizzle olive oil on the haydari and garnish with chopped dill or parsley. Bon appetit!

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