Mast-o-Khiar Yogurt Dip

Mast-o-Khiar Yogurt Dip Recipe

I've been posting a sprinkling of recipes to QUITOKEETO, and this is one from a few months back. It is the prettiest dip in my repertoire, one I've been revisiting all summer, and I wanted to be sure you didn't miss it. It's a simple herbed-out yogurt base finished with dried fruit, rose petals, toasted walnuts, and a slick of the best olive oil you've got. A real show stopper. This version has drifted away from the traditional Iranian preparation of Mast-o-Khiar (yogurt and cucumber), which often uses dried mint and raisins, but this is how I prefer it - lots of fresh herbs, and the pop of added color and tartness you get from dried cranberries. Mast-o-Khiar Yogurt Dip RecipeMast-o-Khiar Yogurt Dip Recipe For me, this dip is all about the details, and personal preferences. I make it with 2% Greek yogurt, and walnuts that have been toasted exceptionally well. You want them as deeply toasted as you can get them without any burning - this makes all the difference. I'm also particular about the cut on the cucumber, instead of chunks large and small, I prefer a small dice yielding pieces just a bit larger than a pencil eraser. Also, don't skimp on the olive oil drizzle. The way good olive oil plays off the yogurt is magic. I know dried rose petals can be hard to find (sometimes I use fresh/unsprayed petals instead), it's ok to skip them - again, not the same, but still really good. If it saves you a trip to the store, almonds work beautifully in place of walnuts, but again, toast them well. And trading the cucumber for zucchini (remove seeds), is what I do when it is in season - or do a combination. You can tweak the basic idea many different ways. It's great with toasted (or grilled) pita bread.

Mast-o-Khiar Yogurt Dip

If you can't find dried rose petals, simply leave them out. The dip will be different but still delicious!
2 medium garlic cloves, peeled 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt 2 cups / 480 ml Greek yogurt 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill a dozen fresh mint leaves, chopped 1 medium cucumber, seeded & finely diced great quality extra-virgin olive oil 1/3 cup walnuts, deeply toasted 2 teaspoons crushed dried rose petals 3 tablespoons chopped dried cranberries
On a cutting board, sprinkle the garlic cloves with the salt, then mash/chop into a paste with a knife. In a small bowl combine the garlic paste with the yogurt, dill, and mint. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. When you're all set -stir in the cucumber, and salt to taste. Spoon into a favorite dish and serve drizzled with the olive oil, sprinkled with the walnuts, rose petals, and dried cranberries. Serves 6-8.

Prep time: 5 minutes

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  • So... dumb question, what do you usually use for dipping?

  • I make something along these lines with pistachios and dried apricots... I had no idea the foundation had its own rich legacy just East of my ancestral homeland! Being Greek, I was just riffing on tzatziki! Going to try this one quite soon.

    theresa k.
  • Can I ask what you would dip into this beautiful dish?

  • Hi! This looks delicious! Just wondering what you typically serve it with? Thank you!

    Ava Catau
  • That is a fascinating sweet/savory combination. I will remember this for my next party. Thank you!

  • That is sooo beautiful! And I almost have everything I need ... just ordered a bunch of organic rose petals for my baby girl's birthday cake ...

    Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic
  • hi . I m one of your blogs fan and I'm Persian ! I love Mast o khiar !! it was really exciting reading the recipe here although it s not as same as we make it .

  • This is definitely a show stopper! How beautiful. Can't wait to try it.

  • Mast-o-Khiar, a perfect taste with drinks especially strong ones, I always make this when we have friends around for drinks in Iran. But mine is so simple this one is professionally made and I'm gonna try this one also beautiful!!

  • The only yoghurt dip I've ever made is a version of tzaziki or just a simple yoghurt, herb and lemon dip. I've also never worked with rose petals before. This bowl looks very pretty, I like the color combination. Very curious about the taste, but I trust you on that one, as always.

  • I still think back often to the post you put up, years back now, about what a difference cut size makes. It was, I think, before your very first book came out, and the notion -- and truth of it -- has stuck with me ever since. Two, three, eight times a month, I find myself, knife in hand, vegetable-strewn cutting board underneath, thinking about whether I want to chop a little smaller/narrower/broader. It has made such a meaningful, wonderful difference in my cooking, this bit of mindfulness. So thanks for that. For pencil-eraser sized cucumbers, and particularity, and personal preferences. It's contagious. M

  • how nice to see a recipe that i eat nearly everyday here :) (sans walnuts and rosepetals of course). pomegranate makes a nice replacement to cranberries.

  • This looks so pretty, I love the mix of colours. Dried cranberries and toasted walnuts are one of my favourite combinations. Can't wait to try this :)

  • Oh my, what an incredible looking dip, I am desperate to make that! I absolutely love your recipes and am so grateful for the database you have, and am constantly inspired by what I find here. I am currently converting some of your recipes and finds for my three year old who is on a nasty high fat medical diet for epilepsy. Your recipes really help.

  • Gorgeous Middle-Eastern flavours and it looks stunning too - not something you can often say about a dip!

    leaf (the indolent cook)
  • Yogurt with with dried fruit and rose petals sounds totally amazing. I want it now!

    Averie @ Averie Cooks
  • Ohmygoodness this is a perfectincentive to try to find dried rose petals! Except for that, I have every ingredient! Lovely and refreshing this looks. :)

    Frances @ The Foodess Files
  • The colors are beautiful! The addition of rose petals are actually quite interesting, do they have a taste? Or I guess my question is more along the lines of... what do they taste like?

    jaime @ sweet road
  • WOW. Stunning. This has got to be one of the most beautiful dishes I've ever seen! I love the vibrant shade of rose petals... I must try for sure!

    the petite aesthete
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