Monday, January 28, 2013

Persian Yogurt Cucumber Dish (Mast-o Khiar)

This is a traditional Persian dish made from yogurt and cucumbers.  "Mast" means yogurt and "Khiar" means cucumber.  Pretty simple.  You can use any plain yogurt you like, although I highly recommend Greek yogurt because of the texture, consistency and taste.  The only thing I ask of you is please use Persian (or mini) cucumbers.  They are tastier and crispier than other cucumbers.  You can find them at almost any grocery store.   I usually pick mine up from Trader Joes in a pack.  And the ones you don’t use, you can just toss into a nice, fresh salad. 

As a side note, while this dish is excellent as a tapas dish served with a side of multigrain pita when entertaining or as an accompaniment to your delicious dinner, it also makes for a refreshing and tasty lunch or snack to go!  I like to use one of the empty jars I have laying around in my pantry.  (If you don't have any, you can always use tupperware or next time you finish one of your jar ingredients, instead of tossing the jar, save it for later.)  I layer the ingredients because it looks so pretty and then it's lunchtime at work, I whip out my jar of deliciousness, mix it all up and enjoy!  

1 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt (I use Chobani)
2 Persian cucumbers (also known as mini cucumbers)
1 heaping tablespoon dried dill or 1/4 cup fresh dill
1 clove crushed garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: one handful of raisins for a touch of sweetness

Cut each cucumber once lengthwise and then into 1/4 inch slices.  Combine cucumbers with yogurt.  Add dill, crushed garlic and salt and pepper to taste.  If you are using raisins, add them in as well.  Mix well with a spoon and serve garnished with cucumber slices and dill.  So healthy and yummy!



Audrey said...

Sounds refreshing and delicious and I plan to make it this week. How would you go about crushing the garlic?

Solmaz said...

It is refreshing! So glad you plan on making it. You can use a garlic crusher. If you don't have one, you can just mince the garlic yourself (although I do think it is best crushed). Hope that helps. Enjoy it!

Brian said...

Can't wait to try this! I've been looking for a recipe for greek yogurt with garlic and either mint or dill. This is the only way I'll eat cucumbers unless they are pickled or juiced!

Solmaz said...

I think you will really enjoy this one. You can use mint instead of dill, but I prefer dill (dried or fresh). Let me know how you like it!

Sarah E said...

I made this last night as an accompaniment to the delicious Persian chicken kabobs. It was perfect and really complimented the meat dish. I also used some of it as a dip for warm pita bread. I used fresh dill and loved it; next time I will try dried dill and see how that turns out :)

Solmaz said...

Stay tuned for another version coming soon...:-)

Linda said...

Solmaz, this is yummy! I added some lemon juice and cayenne pepper for some extra tang and kick.

Solmaz said...

So glad you enjoyed it!

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