Persian Cucumber Yogurt (Maast-O Khiyaar)

READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by een3338

Traditionally used as a side dish, this recipe goes well along side persian stews and different types of Persian rice. It's similair to the Greek Tzatziki sauce. I learned this Persian recipe from my parents, and mastered it with my own twists.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 32 fluid ounce plain yogurt (Preferrably Caravan or Abali brands, found at Middle Eastern specialty stores)
  • 118.29 ml kefir cheese
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 29.58 ml mint (dried and crushed)
  • 29.58 ml basil (fresh finely chopped)
  • 4.92 ml onion powder (optional)
  • 29.58 ml dried rose petals (gol-mohammadi) (optional)
  • 118.29 ml walnuts (crushed) (optional)
  • 118.29 ml raisins (optional)
  • salt (be generous)
  • 14.79 ml black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large bowl, mix the yougurt and kefir cheese.
  2. Finely chop the cucumbers and add to yogurt mixture.
  3. Add basil, mint, salt, pepper, onion powder, raisins, walnuts, and dried rose petals to the mixture.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Refrigerate for an hour and serve.

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