Turkish Recipes – Garlic Yoghurt With Carrots

Garlic yoghurt with carrots (yoğurtlu havuç) is a Turkish recipe that we have only ever had the pleasure to eat in the home. The Turkish restaurants we frequent in Fethiye never seem to have it available in their meze fridges and neither of us have any idea why. We find it an interesting alternative to the multitude of other yoghurt-based Turkish meze recipes, such as cacık, and I think that’s because the carrots are sautéed; once they’re added to the yoghurt, the new flavour is not dissimilar to home made mayonnaise.

Grated Carrots

Baby carrots frying in olive oil

So, let’s get to it and make yoğurtlu havuç – it’s a quick, easy and fantastic-tasting Turkish recipe!

  • First of all, grate 4 medium-sized carrots. The carrots on Fethiye market this afternoon were new and fresh so I didn’t bother to peel them. Just a quick scrub under running water.
  • Sauté the carrots in a glug of olive oil, adding a pinch of salt after a minute or two.
  • As the carrots begin to soften, remove them from the heat and allow them to cool down a little.
  • Meanwhile, grate or crush a couple of cloves of garlic into about 500g of natural yoghurt. We used süzme yoghurt (strained yoghurt) because it’s our favourite. If you’re not in Turkey and don’t have access to Turkish stores, Greek yoghurt is fine.
  • Mix the yoghurt and garlic together and then add the carrots. The yoghurt will take on a creamy colour as you stir the carrots in.
Turkish Food - Yoğurtlu Havuç

A lovely bowl of (slightly spicy) yoğurtlu havuç

Some recipes recommend adding dill to this dish but we find it a really overpowering herb so guess what we added instead…a sprinkling of chilli powder, of course. We have a Turkish recipe book called Turkish Cookery and the recipe in there recommends you add ground paprika. That means we’re not being too naughty in adding chilli powder, right?

And, just an update. We’ve just eaten some of our yoğurtlu havuç in a jacket potato. It works!

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  1. Karen from Globetrotter Diaries says:

    I’ve never heard of this before or had it but it sounds good– thanks for introducing something new to me!

  2. @ Karen: It’s certainly not very common in Fethiye but we really like it.

  3. That sounds like a tasty/healthy combination with the jacket potato!

  4. This is one of my favorite mezes. I can eat anything based on yogurt and garlic. And this one looks so appetizing! I sometimes add a little crumbled walnuts in this yogurtlu havuc, and it becomes a wonderful spread for a slice of bread.

  5. @ Corinne: Yes, very healthy and tasty. We only eat healthy food – well, sometimes. 🙂

    @ Zerrin: Thanks for the tip. We’ll get some walnuts next time we make yogurtlu havuç and give that a try.

  6. I would have eaten my carrots as a kid if it was like this (and yes, chili is a must!) PS YES another chance for the new year!

  7. @ Belinda: It’s amazing how much more veg we eat since coming to Fethiye. The ways it’s used in Turkish recipes are so much more palatable than the boiled veg of England.

    Already started my Chinese New Year resolutions. 🙂

  8. Kaya Koyu Walker says:

    I had this in Sivas a couple of years ago. It was 50/50 fried carrots and potato, like a Rosti, and had the garlic and yoghurt sauce with chilli flakes, mint and lemon.

  9. Mmm great recipe, tasted just like the one I tried in Turkey. was wondering what else you can put with it? Jacket potato sounds good, but what else??

    • Hi Pip,
      Thanks a lot for your comment and glad you liked the recipe. Carrots in yoghurt is usually just eaten as part of a selection of meze dishes, especially when drinking rakı – it could be good if you’ve got friends round. Make a selection of meze dishes and have this as part of it. We often use yoğurtlu havuç and other meze dishes as sides to grilled meats, too. 🙂

  10. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when we had this dish. I will definitely be trying to replicate it now that I’m home.

  11. We have a restaurant in Vaasa (Finland) that serves this type of carrot meze. I had to google for the recipe as it is delicious. I have been in Turkey twice and the food is just aaaaamazing!

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