Persian Cucumber Yogurt Dip Mast-O-Khiar
Today we’re talking about Persian food and yogurt. In Farsi we call this dish “Mast-O-Khiar”. In English it means “Yogurt with Cucumbers”. Mast-O-Khiar is a traditional and popular side dish or appetizer served with many meals. It is simple to make and most people like it. Mainly you need yogurt, Persian cucumbers, dried mint, and some salt and pepper. The other ingredients are optional and each family has their own variation. My mom likes to add crunch and sweetness so she adds raisins or dried cranberries and walnuts. Dried rose petals are also sometimes found in this yogurt based side dish. Ava loves Mast-O-Khiar. It makes a good snack with some warm whole wheat naan, lavash, or pita bread.
Our family prefers Persian cucumbers. They have crunch and the seeds tend to be smaller than in large cucumbers. Besides, they have a good name 🙂
Add the dried mint gradually and to your liking, reserving some as a garnish on top. Some folks like using fresh mint. With fresh mint the side dish becomes a bit more like an herbed yogurt sauce similar to Greek Tzatziki.
Peel and finely chop the Persian cucumbers. Add them to a large container of yogurt (I use non-fat Greek yogurt). Add salt, pepper and dried mint.
- 1 carton Persian cucumbers (about 6 mini sized cucumbers)
- 1 large container non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons dried mint (save some for garnish)
- ⅓ Cup reduced sugar dried cranberries/Craisins
- ⅓ Cup chopped walnuts
- ground pepper, garlic, and onion powder to taste
- Couple pinches dried rose petals (optional)
- Wash, peel, and finely chop mini cucumbers
- Stir into the nonfat Greek yogurt
- Add 1 Tablespoon dried mint, rose and spices
- Stir in nuts and raisins or dried cranberries
- Garnish with dried mint