This cool and healthy dip can be served along side rice and meat, or simply with bread. No Persian meal is complete without Maast-o khiar! This dish is best if refrigerated for a few hours, but if you are strapped for time feel free to serve after mixing. Don't be afraid to get creative! Try adding spinach, raisins, or walnuts. Other herbs could be used as well (i.e. mint, tarragon, oregano). More cucumbers, less shallots...it's your call! Enjoy!

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together the yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, and shallot. Season with dill, salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to blend flavors.

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Nutrition Facts

46 calories; 0.9 g total fat; 3 mg cholesterol; 188 mg sodium. 6.3 g carbohydrates; 3.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
08/01/2006
I am Persian also, and I agree that Maast-o-Khiar can not be forgotten in any meal. A tip for anyone making this is if don't use garlic. Garlic makes the dish taste a little less tasty. Also, the tradition is to use a grater to grate the cucumbers, not to cube them! Just thought I would share with everyone. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/23/2006
We just did not care for this as written...WAY too much cucumber (we used 3 english) and dill for the amount of yogurt. We started over - vastly reducing those items and maintaining the other ingredients as written and it was much more to our liking. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
08/01/2006
I am Persian also, and I agree that Maast-o-Khiar can not be forgotten in any meal. A tip for anyone making this is if don't use garlic. Garlic makes the dish taste a little less tasty. Also, the tradition is to use a grater to grate the cucumbers, not to cube them! Just thought I would share with everyone. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2004
In Malta this is called Tzatziki. Seems its popular all over? Very good and a grat cool summer side dish. Its also versitile I play around with this recipe depending on whats available. Its really good with a few sliced black olives. Sometimes I add chopped nuts too! No plain yogurt? More than once I have used sour cream and cream cheese mixed. Great with Gyro's! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2007
My husband is Persian and he just loved this! He said it was better than his mother's=) From having eaten this before I did leave out the garlic as I don't remember it having garlic in there and it was the exact flavor I expected. We ate it with lavash(flat bread) and Kabob...YUM!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2004
Deelicious! Reminiscent of Hungarian cucumber salad.Added a little seasoned salt or celery salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2006
Refreshing on a hot summer day. My husband said it was just like the stuff they serve in Turkey. I added a little celery seed because I like it--but the recipe is perfect as is. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/06/2008
Great. Very reminiscent of tzaziki just a little more mellow. I skipped the shallot because I didn't have any. Served with kabobs that were pretty oniony so I didn't miss it. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/23/2006
We just did not care for this as written...WAY too much cucumber (we used 3 english) and dill for the amount of yogurt. We started over - vastly reducing those items and maintaining the other ingredients as written and it was much more to our liking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2006
Very nice as salad dressing! A keeper definetely. One can vary with chopped fresh herbs add some olive oil cumin... I love it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/08/2012
I have returned to this recipe over and over again for the past 5ish years. I rarely put the full amount of cucumber and never full amount of dill but we love this tasty condiment. If you have trouble with wateriness be sure to seed your cucumbers. Read More
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