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cucumber and mint yoghurt (mast-o-khiar)

There are many renditions of yoghurt and cucumber recipes including those with mint, dill and even pistachios.  In Indian cuisine you have Raita, in Greek you will find Tzatziki, and in Persian it is Mast-o-Khiar.

The recipe below is a complement to lamb, salads, vegetables….actually I love it with everything.  Cool and refreshing in texture and taste, the sauce seems to create the perfect balance to not only Persian food but anything else.

cucumber and mint yoghurt (mast-o-khiar)

There are many renditions of yoghurt and cucumber recipes including those with mint, dill and even pistachios.  In Indian cuisine you have Raita, in Greek you will find Tzatziki, and in Persian it is Mast-o-Khiar.

The recipe below is a complement to lamb, salads, vegetables….actually I love it with everything.  Cool and refreshing in texture and taste, the sauce seems to create the perfect balance to not only Persian food but anything else.

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Ingredients

Recipe serves: 6-8
2 cups Greek (thick) yoghurt
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 Persian cucumbers or one large, cut in 1/4 inch cubes
5-6 mint leaves, finely chopped
salt, flakes are best to taste
fresh ground pepper, to taste
optional
2-3 mint leaves for garnish
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cucumber and mint yoghurt (mast-o-khiar)
  • time
    15 minutes
  • serves
    6
  • skill level
    Easy

Ingredients

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Directions

1
Done

In a medium bowl, add all ingredients and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2
Done

Place in a small bowl and garnish with the whole mint leaves.