The one with cucumber

Mast-o khiar

Preparation info
  • Makes about

    3 cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Pomegranates & Artichokes: Recipes and memories of a journey from Iran to Italy

By Saghar Setareh

Published 2023

  • About

Please don’t confuse this with tzatziki, the famous Turkish/Greek yoghurt and cucumber dip. Although it is undoubtedly very similar, the Iranian version is softer in flavour, mainly due to the lack of garlic. The simplest Iranian mast-o khiar contains only finely diced cucumber and a pinch of salt, and perhaps a garnish of dried mint. This is a slightly fancier one with walnuts and raisins, which I adore, but feel free to omit these. Serve as a fabulous side dish for grilled m