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Cold Yogurt Soup (Abdoogh Khiar)

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This refreshing soup, made with cooling ingredients and served icy cold, is the perfect light lunch on a hot day. I enjoy it all summer-and I always have the best naps after eating it. You can make the yogurt mixture ahead and keep it in the fridge and just dish out a bowl whenever you like. Though optional, the rose petals make it pretty and quintessentially Persian. You can usually find food-safe dried rose petals in Middle Eastern supermarkets."
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25 m servings 303
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 2-cup bowls)


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  1. Puree yogurt, salt, and dried mint in a blender with enough of the water to create a smooth, thin soup. It will thicken some when you add the bread.
  2. Divide the cucumbers, raisins, walnuts, and herbs among four bowls.
  3. Pour one-fourth of the yogurt mixture into each bowl.
  4. Top with rose petals, and add a few ice cubes to each bowl.
  5. Tear bread into small pieces and add some to each bowl. Let bread soak 5 to 7 minutes before serving. Serve cold.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Any seedless cucumber will do.
  • Use 1 cup of any fresh green herbs you like, such as mint, parsley, dill, and basil.
  • Substitute pita with any flatbread you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 303 calories; 15.4 33 11 22 795 Full nutrition

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This was the PERFECT lunch for a Saturday during the current heatwave here in NJ! I saw your article in the recent AR magazine and I've been positively *itching* to make this ever since. I adde...