Yogurt Cucumber Dip

Pita, with yogurt dip


This post is yet another lovesong to yogurt.

One of my all-time favorite summer snacks is a garlicky yogurt spread. Or a cucumber raita. Or a French cucumber salad. Basically, all these snacks share the same idea — wonderfully refreshing ingredients (usually fresh herbs and/or cucumbers), creamy yogurt, and a salty or savory spice addition. 

This past weekend, I was craving something like this, and looking for a way to use up some pita bread we had sitting in our refrigerator. So I pulled out “New Food of Life,” by Najmieh Batmanglij, a cookbook full of Persian recipes that my mother gave me for my 30th birthday. I felt certain there would be a good recipe in there since, I believe, when it comes to appetizers and dips, the Persian cooks win, hands down. 

Sure enough, I found on page 29, a recipe for “Yogurt and Cucumber Dip (or soup).” As some of you might remember, I love this cold soup recipe  I discovered on a blog last summer.  So, this appears to be the “dip” version — I made a few tweaks to make it easier and less expensive for the average American cook. 

Yogurt and Cucumber Dip 


*1 cucumber, peeled and diced 

* 2 cups yogurt 

* 1/4 cup chopped scallions 

* 3 tbsp. chopped mint 

* 2 tbsp. fresh dill (make sure you don’t use pickling dill) 

* 1 large clove garlic, crushed 

* 3 tbsp. chopped walnuts 

* 1 tsp. salt 

* 1/2 tsp. pepper 

* 1 tsp. dried mint 

* 1 tsp. cumin powder 

* sprinkling of cumin seeds 


1. In a serving bowl, combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for an hour before serving. 

2. You can garnish on top with the cumin seeds and dried mint, if you want, instead of mixing them in. Also, you could garnish with things like rose petals, sesame seeds, nigela and coriander seeds. I happen to not have had these things around, so I skipped this step —  although it does make the dip look beautiful if you can swing it. 

3. Serve with bread as an appetizer — or, if you’re like me, eat by the spoonful!

Published in: on May 19, 2010 at 3:34 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Thanks for posting this dip Andrea, I can’t wait to try it

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