Mast-o-Khiar (Persian-Style Cucumber Dip)

June 7, 2016

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

This is a gorgeous Persian-style dip which can be enjoyed with potato chips, crackers, or bread. It is also a lovely accompaniment to any sort of grilled meat.


Serves: 4 to 6


  • 3 cups full-fat yogurt (strained/Greek-style)
  • 2 pickling cucumbers (or 1 English cucumber), peeled, halved, seeded, and grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried mint, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, plus more if needed
  • dried rose petals (optional)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
In This Recipe


  1. In a medium bowl, add yogurt, cucumber, walnuts, garlic, mint, and salt. Stir well to combine.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish.
  3. Lightly sprinkle with extra dried mint and, if using, dried rose petals.
  4. Drizzle with your best extra-virgin olive oil.
  5. NOTE: When preparing this recipe in advance, do not add the cucumber to the yogurt. Keep the grated cucumber and the yogurt mixture in separate containers, covered, in the refrigerator. Drain the cucumber in a sieve before stirring the solids into the yogurt mixture.

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Reviews (1) Questions (0)

1 Review

golab August 3, 2016
hi, I feel like you have spoiled or personalized the recipe (with insisting on grated cucumber or full fat yogurt, and other things) . may be it's the recipe you use in your area so it's a variation of this side dish! but better to say most of the time garlic is used when dried mint is added to the base and raisins and walnut chops are best together. besides, how come you are suggesting drizzling with virgin olive oil (never heard of it) when yogurt and olive oil mix results in a bitter taste.