Persian Cucumber Yogurt (Maast-o Khiar) Recipe -
Persian Cucumber Yogurt (Maast-o Khiar) Recipe
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Persian Cucumber Yogurt (Maast-o Khiar)

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"This cool and healthy dip can be served along side rice and meat, or simply with bread. No Persian meal is complete without Maast-o khiar! This dish is best if refrigerated for a few hours, but if you are strapped for time feel free to serve after mixing. Don't be afraid to get creative! Try adding spinach, raisins, or walnuts. Other herbs could be used as well (i.e. mint, tarragon, oregano). More cucumbers, less's your call! Enjoy!"

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  • PREP

    15 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, and shallot. Season with dill, salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to blend flavors.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 01, 2006

I am Persian also, and I agree that Maast-o-Khiar can not be forgotten in any meal. A tip for anyone making this is if don't use garlic. Garlic makes the dish taste a little less tasty. Also, the tradition is to use a grater to grate the cucumbers, not to cube them! Just thought I would share with everyone.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 23, 2006

We just did not care for this as written...WAY too much cucumber (we used 3 english) and dill for the amount of yogurt. We started over - vastly reducing those items and maintaining the other ingredients as written and it was much more to our liking.

Aug 24, 2004

In Malta this is called Tzatziki. Seems its popular all over? Very good, and a grat cool summer side dish. Its also versitile, I play around with this recipe depending on whats available. Its really good with a few sliced black olives. Sometimes I add chopped nuts too! No plain yogurt? More than once I have used sour cream and cream cheese mixed. Great with Gyro's !

Feb 27, 2007

My husband is Persian and he just loved this! He said it was better than his mother's=) From having eaten this before, I did leave out the garlic as I don't remember it having garlic in there and it was the exact flavor I expected. We ate it with lavash(flat bread) and Kabob...YUM!!

Jan 27, 2004

Deelicious! Reminiscent of Hungarian cucumber salad.Added a little seasoned salt or celery salt.

Sep 05, 2008

Great. Very reminiscent of tzaziki, just a little more mellow. I skipped the shallot because I didn't have any. Served with kabobs that were pretty oniony, so I didn't miss it. Thanks for the recipe!

Jul 02, 2006

Refreshing on a hot summer day. My husband said it was just like the stuff they serve in Turkey. I added a little celery seed because I like it--but the recipe is perfect as is.

Mar 20, 2006

Very nice as salad dressing! A keeper definetely. One can vary with chopped fresh herbs, add some olive oil, cumin... I love it!


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  • Calories
  • 46 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6.3 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 3 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 0.9 g
  • 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 3.8 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 188 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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