mast o khiar recipe

Mast-o-khiar Recipe; Make Persian Yogurt Cucumber in 20 Minutes

When it comes to traditional Persian cuisine, Mast-o-khiar (yogurt cucumber) is a dessert that definitely cannot be missed. Originating from Iran, this refreshing and healthy side dish consists of simple ingredients like yogurt, cucumber, tarragon, rose powder, onion, and mint. Although it might seem like a humble dessert, the subtle combination of flavors makes it an irresistible dessert that Persians have enjoyed for centuries. Stay with Cooking County to make Mast-o-khiar in 20 minutes.

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Pros of Yogurt

Like most people, you probably think of yogurt as a healthy snack. But did you know that there are even more reasons to love yogurt? Here are four reasons to add yogurt to your diet: 

Yogurt can help you lose weight. A recent study showed that people who ate three 6-ounce fat-free yogurts daily lost 22% more weight and 61% more body fat than those who didn’t.


In recent years, yogurt has become a popular health food. It is rich in protein and calcium and contains live bacteria that are beneficial to the digestive system. Some studies have shown that eating yogurt can help prevent certain cancer types. There are many different flavors and types of yogurt available, so it is easy to find one that you like.

How to Make Mast-o-khiar?


  • 100 grams yogurt 
  • 2 large cucumbers 
  • 1 onion (optional)
  • Rose powder as needed 
  • Salt as needed 
  • Black pepper as needed 
  • Basil as needed 
  • Dry mint as needed 
  • Dry tarragon as needed


Step One

We take all the ingredients out of the refrigerator and allow them to come to the same temperature as the kitchen environment for about five minutes until the ingredients come to the same temperature.

Step Two

Wash the cucumbers and onions in the sink to lose excess water.

Step Three

First, finely chop the cucumber with the skin and pour it into the yogurt. Then, peel the onion, grate it into the yogurt and cucumber, and mix the ingredients with the help of a spoon. 


Step Four

Now it’s time to add rose powder, salt, black pepper, basil, dry mint and tarragon to yogurt; Mix the ingredients well with the help of a spoon to have a uniform mixture.

Persian cucumber yogurt dip

How to Serve Mast-o-khiar?

Now, your Persian yogurt cucumber is ready for the final serving. Serve it with your dishes, and enjoy!

Keypoints of Making Mast-o-khiar

  • Avoid grating cucumbers because it will make the yogurt and cucumber watery. 
  • Avoid peeling the cucumber in Mast-o-khiar because it reduces the quality of Persian yogurt cucumber. 
  • Take onion juice after grating; do not add it to yogurt and cucumber. 
  • You can also use other vegetables that have a warm character or raisins.
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