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Cyprus Kalamari and tzatziki

Cyprus Kalamari and Tzatziki (Calamari with yogurt dip)

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Cyprus
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author International Cuisine


  • for the tzatziki
  • 2 finely chopped small garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 250 grams of Cypriot or Greek style yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • for the Kalamari
  • 1 lb. of fresh or frozen squid
  • a large bowl full of All Purpose Flour
  • vegetable or olive oil for frying must be at least 1 inch deep in the pan
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice salt, pepper & oregano as garnish


  • For the Tzatziki
  • Add the garlic to olive oil in a medium sized bowl.
  • Finely slice the small cucumber. Then strain the cucumber for at least 15 minutes. Sprinkle a little salt on top on the sliced cucumber as this will encourage excess liquid to be released.
  • Add the yogurt, cucumber, mint, lemon juice and salt and pepper to the garlic and olive oil. Mix together well. If the mixture appears runny, add a touch more yogurt.
  • For the Kalamari
  • Clean your squid.
  • Cut the bodies into rings of about 1 inch big or leave them whole, if they are small.
  • Next, prepare your bowl of flour. Sprinkle some salt and pepper into the flour and mix together.
  • Heat the oil to a very high heat. It has to be very high for the calamari to cook properly.
  • Dip a piece of calamari into the flour and make sure it is well coated outside and inside.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the flour coated calamari a few pieces at a time.
  • They will cook extremely fast about 1 minute per piece of small calamari, the larger pieces may need an extra minute.
  • Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel to remove any excess oil. Then serve immediately, squeezing fresh lemon juice and sprinkling salt, pepper and dried Greek oregano,if you like to taste on top.
  • serve immediately with the tzatziki for a real treat!