Yogurt & cucumber

Mas o khiar

Yogurt with cucumber, commonly known by its Greek name, Tzatziki is called Mas-o-Khiar in Farsi.  My mother’s side of the family are Persians and we call it mas-o-khiar and it is something everyone expects to see on the dinner table most days –  specially in hot weather when the cucumber is so cooling teamed with the yogurt.  It is traditionally eaten with flat bread or on the side with a rice dish but can be used as a dip and as a dressing in a wrap.  A healthy and tasty way of eating that cucumber and something the children will not object to.


1 small cucumber, coarsely grated with the skin (about 6 inches long)
1 250g carton unsweetened vegan yogurt (I use Sojade which is the best I have found thus far in the UK. I buy it from As Nature Intended but it is also available from Planet Organic and Wholefoods)
1 teaspoon dried mint
2 cloves garlic, finely grated (it is best with garlic but you don’t have to use it if you don’t like garlic!)
2 tablespoons good olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper
Fresh mint (optional)


  1. Coarsely grate 1 small cucumber with the skin and gently squeeze out excess water
  2. Mix cucumber and garlic with yogurt
  3. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, dried mint, salt and pepper and give it a good stir
  4. Stir in a few torn fresh mint leaves, if using, and sprinkle some dried mint on top as garnish
  5. Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil on top!  Beautiful

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