Ab Doogh Khiar (Cold Cucumber Yogurt Soup): Eating Iran

by Karen on Friday, August 13, 2010

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This cold soup seems to have it all: a perfect combination of bright, clean, tangy, sweet and nutty flavors.  If yogurt for you is something that comes in little plastic cups in an array of fruit flavors, this soup may startle you as most Middle Eastern applications of yogurt are savory.  But plain yogurt really elevates dishes to another level and is lovely just on its own.  It also has endless health properties, so I recommend to start exploring those taste buds!

I’ve paired this soup with a simple throw-together snack noon o panir o sabzi (Persian bread, cheese and herbs), more details in the following post.

- 2 cups of whole milk Persian yogurt (try Sadaf brand and if you can’t get Persian yogurt, you can substitute with a plain thick yogurt like Greek yogurt)
- 2 cups of water
- 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup of raisins
- 2 Persian cucumbers, finely diced (or 1/2 an English cucumber, finely diced)
- 1/2 cup of dill, minced
- 2 green onions, white and light green part minced
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a large bowl, whisk the yogurt and water together until it is smooth.  Add the walnuts, raisins, cucumbers, dill, green onions and salt and pepper.  Cover with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator for at least an hour so the flavors marry and the soup chills.  Serve with additional garnishes of dill, walnuts and raisins.


eliana August 15, 2010 at 4:24 pm

God that looks good! Can I put in orders??

Karen August 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Haha! Not sure how yogurt would ship…. hmmmm…. it can be available for pick up tho!

jesslope August 17, 2010 at 7:27 pm

i think i’ll have to try this at some point. i also posted about chicken soup. thanks for sharing.

Karen August 17, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Please do– it’s so easy!!

Cucee Sprouts October 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Pretty. Easy. I will try it but will use kefir as the dairy of my choice. I make my own Tough decision… Play vs cheer vs eat… We are going to have to get back to you on that one!

Valerie October 9, 2010 at 3:00 am

Haha! Let us know how it goes – I think it’ll be delicious with kefir. I’m loving your blog by the way!

Renee November 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Karen, Oh my God; I think this looks amazing, and may be one of the most stomach friendly foods I ever eat. I wish you’d mail it to me though.

Deana January 27, 2011 at 10:49 am

Try it with sparkling water!

Dani April 3, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I grew up eating this and never thought about adding dried fruit. Thank you for sharing.

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