Quick Recipe with Dr. Nooshin | Persian Masto Khiar
My daughter had a preschool potluck and because I didn’t have a ton of time, I decided to make “Masto Khiar” which literally means yogurt and cucumber in Persian. It is an easy to prep dish often served as a side with rice and meat, or as an appetizer dip for veggies, bread and chips. I like to think of it as a middle eastern ranch dip replacement and even put it on my burgers sometimes!
My favorite part of this whole process is that my daughter gets to helps with the mixing and later eats something super healthy! Getting kids involved in making food is a GREAT way to build their confidence, teach them healthy living and get an errand done at the same time. Below is how I make it but you can totally adjust measurements according to your taste buds:
1 (32 oz) container low-fat plain yogurt (typically Greek yogurt is used but I personally don’t like Greek yogurt)
3 small persian cucumbers (or 1.5 large ones) peeled and diced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons dried mint or fresh chopped mint
I like to taste it with what I’m serving it with to know if I’ve got the right flavor profile. For example, with salty chips I pull back on the salt in the dip. For veggies, I use more salt. And if I over salt by accident, I just mix in more yogurt.
Enjoy and save the cucumber peels to soothe tired eyes!