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    1 hr 15 mins

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    From our local newspaper. Low fat yogurt can be substituted for whole milk yogurt. (This recipe can be also transformed with a snap of your fingers into a soup by adding 1 cup of cold water or broth, to desired consistency. Serve with an ice cube to keep soup chilled.)

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    • 1/2 teaspoon fresh mint
    • 2 tablespoons fresh rose petals, cut into ribbons
    • 1 dried rose bud (optional)


    1. 1
      In a serving bowl combine the cucumber, raisins, yogurt, sour cream, scallions, mint, dill, garlic and walnuts.
    2. 2
      Stir mixture thoroughly and season with salt and pepper to taste.
    3. 3
      Cover and refrigerate dip for at least 1 hour before serving.
    4. 4
      When ready to serve, garnish with the mint, rose petals and the rose bud, if using.
    5. 5
      Serve with pita bread triangles, Arabic bread, crostini, etc.
    6. 6
      Yield is estimated.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 02, 2011


      This was nice. I liked the green onion in this version. I did thin ours somewhat with water because I used Balkan (thick) yogurt and wanted this as a salad along with Persian Chicken Stuffed With Rice on additionally made stuffing. I used Sun-maid Thompson raisins, no sour cream as we are corn free! I just added extra yogurt, I did not add any dill as a preference here, I may have used less garlic, and I used sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and dried rose petals instead of fresh as it is what I had on hand, plus the rest of the ingredients except for the optional dried rose bud. If I make this again I'd like to use fresh rose petals. Made for VIP of Veggie Swap 33 ~ April 2011.

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    • on April 05, 2010


      The mast-o-khiar I had in Iran had no raisins or dill in it,so that was something new for me. I liked the addition of green onion and walnuts . Thanks for sharing a yummy dip.

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    • on July 11, 2009


      I loved this. One taster was a bit put off by the raisins; another wished there had been less dill. But it all disappeared, everyone saying "what is that flavor?" since, without the rose leaves or bud, there was no hint as to the presence of rosewater. Great stuff, CG!

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    Nutritional Facts for Mast-O Khiar (Persian Yogurt and Cucumber Dip)

    Serving Size: 1 (1288 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 219.0
    Calories from Fat 110
    Total Fat 12.3 g
    Saturated Fat 6.0 g
    Cholesterol 31.0 mg
    Sodium 323.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 22.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
    Sugars 17.4 g
    Protein 7.3 g

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    fresh rose petals

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