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

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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

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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

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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

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

Step 4: Garnish With Fresh Mint

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Take the fresh mint and put it on top.

Step 5: Serve

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



hosseinf1 (author)2015-07-07

بزن با عرق

yazdan_b (author)2014-11-03

بازم از غذا های ایرونی بزار

arismatic (author)2014-07-15


farshadm (author)2014-06-16

خیلی باحاله

alipor (author)2014-02-28

دادا دمت گرم

با آبلیمو بزن خیلی با حال میشه

eriloozadian (author)2013-09-16

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

omidsafaei (author)2013-09-11

khili khobe ke ma ham hastim. mer30

omidsafaei (author)2013-09-11

khili khobe ke ma ham hastim. mer30

DemonDan_666 (author)2012-02-05

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

pogolon (author)2012-02-05

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.

mamad lore (author)2011-11-10

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

kokeen (author)2011-08-11

ya this one is pretty 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!!

sinofvalex (author)2011-08-04

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

Yubel (author)2010-11-21

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

something.arty (author)2009-08-20

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!

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.

lfederici (author)2008-09-20

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

LinuxH4x0r (author)lfederici2008-09-20


Brennn10 (author)2008-09-08

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

Miss World (author)2008-08-18

I love yogurt! mast o khiyar is somewhat close to tzatziki yogurt (Greek).. except the Greek version has garlic _

LinuxH4x0r (author)Miss World2008-08-19

Actually we do put garlic in it (sometimes). I think the greek version tends to be a little thicker. Thanks!

mehulkamdar (author)2008-07-26

This is a dish that is widely enjoyed in India and it must have come with either the Mughals or even earlier into the country. Some variations that are eaten in India include shredded onions or radishes instead of cucumber though the vegetable used is selected depending upon the main dish that is eaten. Your post brought back nice memories from my parents home many years ago. Thanks for this lovely recipe!

LinuxH4x0r (author)mehulkamdar2008-07-26

Thanks for the comment! I'll have to try it with radish, that sounds good, I think I might have already had it somewhere. Glad it brought back memories!

shahabg (author)2008-07-09

this is one of my favorite things to eat. simple but great. I also like mas-o-mooseer, not sure what mooseer is in english tho. also I have never heard of raisins being put in this dish, sounds great I will try it out. p.s. dry rose petals also add a good flavor to mas-o-khiar

LinuxH4x0r (author)shahabg2008-07-09

Thanks! I think mooseer is shallots. Would a few drops of golab work instead? If you like it please vote.

shahabg (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-15

I think golab would be too over powering, worth a try maybe on a small amount tho.

IlluminatedAntichrist (author)2008-07-13

I tasted this kind of thing in my school during a *multicultural day* thing in my school. I thought it tasted great, almost like a veggie minty flavored melted ice cream.

Cool. Now you know how to make more!

Yea, thanks for this instructable! 5 stars!

No problem, thanks for the stars!

electrophobia (author)2008-07-06

Mast-o-Khiar... We call it Cacik in Turkiye and I am so sorry but it's a Turkish traditional food. Not Iranian. Long ago, Turkish people invented the yogurt and there is just one Turkish word is used so far by everybody on the world. That word is YOGURT. Of course Cacik is also a Turkish traditiononal food. Please do not give wrong information to people... And be respective to the culture of any society.

LinuxH4x0r (author)electrophobia2008-07-08

Check your sources: Yogurt wasn't invented by the turkish, but the word for yogurt is turkish. "There is evidence of cultured milk products being produced as food for at least 4,500 years. The earliest yoghurts were probably spontaneously fermented by wild bacteria living on the goat skin bags carried by the Bulgars (or Hunno-Bulgars), a nomadic people who began migrating into Europe in the second century AD and eventually settled in the Balkans at the end of the seventh century. Today, many different countries claim yoghurt as their own,[citation needed] yet there is no clear evidence as to where it was first discovered." Yogurt has been around since neolithic ages Turkey has only been around for around 1000 years, versus Persia (Iran) which has been around for over 8000.

trillions (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-09

Hi, great instructable for great food.

Here is my contribution to the "origins of yogurt"
The thing that you are overlooking here in your Wiki cutout is that the (proto-)Bulgars were most likely a Turkic people who blended in with the Slavic people in the Balkans to form the "Bulgarians" we know today.

Furthermore, the history of "Persia" being 8000 (??) years old should be taken with a grain of salt, or we should at least take into account the huge external influences into Persian culture (e.g. the Turks and Kurds). It would be strange to claim that the same people that constituted the Persia of 8000 years ago are still roaming the Persian plateau. Check for example the Safavid empire (the last great dynasty in Iran)

Turkey being around for 1000 years is also a bit wrong. Turkey has been around for 85 years, but Turkic empires (including the Ottoman Empire) and tribes are known to have left writings dating back as far as the 8th century AD.

We should keep in mind that Turks were recorded in Chinese history two centuries BC, and are probably a much older civilization than that.

Furthermore It is known however that about a century ago yogurt was not known in Europe at all while it was considered to be part of the daily diet in many Mediterranean countries.

One fact remains undeniable: Cacik, Tzatziki, Raita, Mast-i-Khiar, ... it is all the same delicious food and it would be an exercise in futility to prove who invented it. It reminds me of the claim that the pizza is an Italian invention. I find it hard to believe that the world had to wait for the Italians to come up with the idea of putting vegetables on an oven baked bread :) Similarly the concept of this dish is too simple to not have been "invented" in parallel at several places and points in time.

LinuxH4x0r (author)trillions2008-07-09

True, yeah we're really all the same.... Thanks.

electrophobia (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-13

Yeah that's true. I am sorry i did not want to argue. And now i dont want to but everyone on the world calls it Yogurt ... There must be a reason...

LinuxH4x0r (author)electrophobia2008-07-13

Turkey, Iran, same thing. We're neighbors, lets share our collective culture instead of fighting over it. Lets not argue this any more.

Mr. Rig It (author)electrophobia2008-07-08

I was stationed in Incirlik in Turkiye. What a great country and great food. I love Chicken Tava and Ekmeck bread. Sorry I know this doesn't really have anything to do with the instructable. However, I didn't know yogurt was invented there, yet another great food from Turkiye.

LinuxH4x0r (author)Mr. Rig It2008-07-08

It wasn't. The word for it has turkish origins, but was not invented there.

LinuxH4x0r (author)electrophobia2008-07-07

I'm not sure of it's origins, but it is a traditional dish in that region. Turkey and Iran share a border, so that might explain it. I knew that yogurt was originally from Turkey but not this. Thanks for the information

WhiteGrub (author)2008-07-09

cucumbers are coming into season in the Mid-atlantic states in the U.S. I just made this last night (wife makes her own yogurt for our 2 year old (the yogurt maker was $15 bought online somewhere)), mint is growing wild in my backyard, and i just picked my first cucumber. I did not add any salt and put it over some rice. Very delicious.

LinuxH4x0r (author)WhiteGrub2008-07-09

Thanks! We also make our own yogurt and grow our own mint. (we'd have cucumbers if we weren't in rental for a year). If you like it please vote.

Nabil (author)2008-07-09

huh... I haven't tried with raisins...

LinuxH4x0r (author)Nabil2008-07-09

Try it, its really good. (some people also like walnuts or a little garlic) If you like it please vote

bosherston (author)2008-07-09

Nice one, I'll try this on my giro next time +1 vote.

LinuxH4x0r (author)bosherston2008-07-09


ll.13 (author)2008-07-09

I like it, although I didn't know it was called MastoKhiar :D

LinuxH4x0r (author)ll.132008-07-09

Thanks! What did you think it was called? If you like it please vote for it (and also for the Mediterranean salad and mango smoothie). Thanks!

darkmuskrat (author)2008-07-08

This looks "veeeeerrrry intaresting".....It looks good but do i dare make it :P (I hate yogurt so much)

LinuxH4x0r (author)darkmuskrat2008-07-08

Thanks! Remember this is not with sweet yogurt, so it is different. You might like it. (try making a small bowl first)

If you like it don't forget to vote in the BBQ contest.


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