Persian Yoghurt with Cucumber

Persian Yoghurt with Cucumber Recipe (Mast-o-Khiar)

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x


Persian Yoghurt with Cucumber (Mast-o-Khiar) is a traditional Persian recipe that goes with just about anything! It is commonly eaten as an accompaniment to rice, stews and grilled meat, much like raita is eaten with Indian food.



  • 2 cups plain, natural yoghurt
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 Tbsp dried mint (or 1 handful fresh mint, chopped)
  • 1 handful walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground, dried edible rose petals (optional)
  • large pinch salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Chop up the cucumber fairly small. If you want to grate them, be sure to squeeze them dry in paper towels after grating. Otherwise, the yoghurt will get watered down.
  2. Mix everything up in a bowl, keeping a little of all the ingredients as a garnish. Taste, and add more salt and pepper, if you think it needs it. Or any of the other ingredients.
  3. Cover with cling film and chill for 30 minutes for the flavours to develop. Can be made up to 2 hours ahead.
  4. Serve as mentioned above, garnished with some of the same ingredients.

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Persian