Turkish Appetizer Recipes: Haydari

How to Make Turkish Haydari


  • 6 cups plain yogurt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • Salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Olive oil, to drizzle


Line a large sieve with a double thickness of cheesecloth and place the sieve over a large bowl. Pour the yogurt into the sieve and loosely cover it with parchment paper. Let the yogurt drain overnight.

Transfer the yogurt to a bowl, and add the garlic, Turkish red pepper, and dill. Season with salt. Stir the yogurt gently with a wooden spoon until it’s smooth and creamy. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes before serving. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with paprika.