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Mint Yogurt Recipe: classic Afghan dressing/condiment


Mint yogurt is a classic accompaniment to so many dishes in Afghan cuisine. Herat, the region of Afghanistan my father's family is from, relies heavily on yogurt for much of its cuisine.


Afghanistan is the most ethnically diverse country in Asia, and a trip into each province is a delightful foray into the unique local takes on national dishes. I am a yogurt addict, having eaten it frequently as a snack, for breakfast, and in many of my dinner dishes from childhood. The Herati* in me cannot live without yogurt, and I often make my own large homemade batch as there are so many delectable treats I create with it.


Maws wa nana or directly translated from Dari/Farsi, mint yogurt, the name of this popular condiment/dressing used in so many dishes in Afghan cuisine is a staple of an Afghan kitchen. Follow along as I demonstrate how to whip this up in your kitchen. A full video tutorial will be coming soon this week, stay posted by subscribing to my YouTube page to catch the tips and tricks I demonstrate from my kitchen.


*Herati refers to a person from the province Herat

Mint Yogurt Recipe


Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup plain whole milk yogurt

  • 1/3 cup labneh

  • 1/2 tsp mint

  • 1/2 tsp salt


Instructions:

  1. Add yogurt and labneh to a bowl twice the size of the ingredients itself. A larger bowl will allow for proper mixing.

  2. Finely grind dried mint and measure a 1/2 tsp. Add to bowl of yogurts with salt.

  3. Using a whisk, whisk together ingredients until they are well incorporated. Noshejaan!

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