Mast-o-Khiar (Iranian Cucumber and Mint Yougurt)

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Introduction: Mast-o-Khiar (Iranian Cucumber and Mint Yougurt)

Mast o Khiar is a simple traditional Iranian side dish that goes good with almost everything. With mint, cucumbers and yogurt it makes the perfect summer snack that takes only takes a few minutes to make.

Step 1: Gather Ingredients

You will need:

  • 2 cups yogurt (not sweet. Just a little sour is perfect. Mine is home made)
  • 1/2 a large cucumber
  • 1 Tablespoon dry mint
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1/3 Teaspoon salt
  • Raisins (optional)
You will also need:
  • Knife
  • Dish to serve in
  • Serving spoon
  • Measuring spoons

Step 2: Mix Mint and Yogurt

Ok, this is easy.

-Pour approximately two cups of yogurt into your bowl.
-Add 1 Tablespoon of dried mint.
-Add about 1/3 of a teaspoon of salt.
-Mix everything

Step 3: Add Cucumber

- Peel and dice half a cucumber.
-Mix into yougurt

Step 4: Garnish With Fresh Mint

Take the fresh mint and put it on top.

Step 5: Serve

Serve chilled. Usually its fine if you make it right before you serve it.
If you want you can add raisins.

Enjoy!

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    بازم از غذا های ایرونی بزار

    خیلی باحاله

    دادا دمت گرم

    با آبلیمو بزن خیلی با حال میشه

    دمت گرم بابا.......خیلی هوس ما خیار کردم.اونم ماس خیار مامانم

    khili khobe ke ma ham hastim. mer30

    khili khobe ke ma ham hastim. mer30

    in the northern region of Iran people make a special ingredient that when added to this side dish makes it even better its a mixture of herbs and salt but the herbs have difficult names so i'll just make an 'ible when i can, also fresh garlic makes it more... zingy :D
    oh and btw eating yogurt and garlic in the same meal will make most people VERY sleepy

    First of all, Westerners calling yogurt "yogurt" does not mean it is invented by Turks or Turkey, as we Iranians have our own name (i.e. Mast) for something that the Turks would call "yogurt".
    Secondly, Iranian (or Persian if you'd rather call it) civilization has a long history of more than 10000 years old --according to the well known archeological findings not by us Iranians but even western academics-- unlike that of Turks or Turkey which hardly dates back to 900 years ago.
    Don't remember that even something called Ottoman empire didn't exist 900 years ago, and 2600 years ago there was a civilization called Lydia inhabiting today's Anatolia (current Turkey) totally irrelevant to Turks or Turkish so-called culture. That was the time the Persian (Achamenid) empire was at its full glory.
    The dumb@ss who commented on Iranian culture having been influenced by Turks and even Kurds!!! pretends not to know the sheer fact that Kurds have been and are an Iranian ethnic (if not the main part of Iranian ethnicity) from the beginning. It was not until Turkish invasions from central Asia into the Anatolia that little by little the real inhabitants of these regions i.e. Iranians specifically Kurds were pushed out of their homeland; the evil policy that is still undergoing by the Turkish government against the Kurds whose crime is nothing but having a Persian identity and language (yes, the Kurdish language is actually the most pure form of ancient Persian language that unlike todays Persian spoken on the streets of Tehran has not been much affected by Arabic.
    I think people without history like Turks have a strong tendency to claim whatever other nations have.
    Until recently Turkish government was still denying the Greek identity of the archeological sites and ruins scattered around their country, and if it was not for international pressure for taking their ridicioulous claims back, they would still be on that maybe forever.

    درود بر تو ايراني وطن پرست
    ازتو ممنونم كه در اين ديار غربت نام و ياد ايراني ها رو با يه دسر عالي به نام خيار ماست ! زنده كردي

    ya this one is pretty good..in india we also make it but in a different way we put shredded cucumber in it rather than diced...tastes epic..try it out if u want to!!

    salam,
    khobi? mast o khair ...
    yogurt and cucumber
    nice recipe
    -An iranin-
    khodafes

    My aunt came to visit from Iran, and she suggested to add garlic powder for a bolder taste. It made it more delish!!! Since then, I have been adding garlic powder + my own ingredients

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! It was delicious! :D My best friend's mom makes an Indian dish very similar to this, and I've always forgotten to ask her for a recipe! It will be interesting to compare the two and see if there are any differences!

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    You're very welcome! I'm glad someone us actually making this. From what I've seen this dish goes from Greece to turkey to the middle east until around India. Enjoy!

    There's a Serbian version of this that incorporates garlic.  mmm.

    Wow...........I LOVE that people did so much research based on a recipe for a food I adore.............

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    This is delicious. Surprisingly, they serve this dish at the Indian restaurant. Looks great!