Sunday, 27 January 2013

Yoghurt and Cucumber Dip - Maast-O-Khiar - ماست و خیار‎

 
As far as I know, no one knows the origin of this condiment.  Perhaps, it is a derivative of the Greek Tzatziki.  Different variations of yoghurt and cucumber is made all over the Middle East, the Mediterranean and the Indian subcontinent.  Although different regions add their own flavours to it (walnuts, garlic, olive oil, spices, herbs, etc...) the main ingredients remain the same; cucumber and yoghurt.  Generally, a summer time condiment to make as cucumbers are in season and both ingredients are cooling in the ancient Chinese medicine.   Now days all of these ingredienst are found year long and what a great dip it makes for bread platters.


Here is  the recipe:
 
1 Cucumber, finely chopped
2 Cups Yoghurt
1 Clove Garlic
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Dried Mint (or chopped fresh)

Method:
  1. Crush the garlic and mix all ingredients in a deep bowl.
  2. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Taste and add extra salt if its not salty enough.

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