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Mast o Khiar - Persian Yogurt and Cucumber Dip

Mast o Khiar is a traditional Persian yogurt and cucumber dip that is light and flavorful. It's ready in 15 minutes and can be served with main dishes or as an appetizer with some chips or pita bread.
Prep Time15 mins
Chilling time30 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Persian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 278kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Plain Greek Yogurt See Note #1
  • 2 cups Chopped Cucumber See Note #2
  • 2 tablespoon Dried Mint
  • 1 teaspoon Powdered Dried Rose Petals
  • ½ cup Chopped Walnuts
  • ½ cup Raisins
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients in a large bowl. 
  • Stir well until all the ingredients are well combined. 
  • Refrigerate the yogurt dip for 30 minutes. 

Notes

  1. You can use full fat, low fat or nonfat plain Greek Yogurt. You can also use European yogurt which has a little more sour flavor. 
  2. Use seedless cucumbers like Persian or mini cucumbers. 
  3. The basic Mast o Khiar recipe calls for yogurt, cucumbers, salt, dried mint and sometimes pepper. If you want it to be more flavorful, use this recipe with walnuts and raisins. The reason that we always use walnuts and raisins in this Persian yogurt dip is because these two ingredients have warm natures whereas yogurt and cucumbers have cold nature. Mixing all these ingredients together helps balancing this dip.
  4. For more flavor, add some garlic powder to the yogurt dip.
  5. To make Mast o Khiar, I usually chop the cucumber into small pieces, but some grate the cucumbers and that works too. Be aware that the dip might become watery after chilling in the fridge, so, if you're grating the cucumbers, make sure to squeeze them and discard the excess water before mixing it with yogurt.

Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 372mg | Potassium: 588mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 260mg | Iron: 2mg