Looking for the perfect way to cool off, detox, and reset your body? This Persian Chilled Yogurt and Cucumber Soup is it!
If you frequent Persian restaurants, you may have been greeted with the usual freshly baked bread and a platter of nuts and feta. Some may even serve you a small bowl of Abdoogh Khiar.
Abdoogh Khiar is basically a chilled yogurt and cucumber soup. A delightful Persian take on Gazpacho!
Low-fat yogurt and iced water make the soup base in which finely chopped cucumbers are stirred. Equally important here is a handful of fresh herbs: parsley, basil, and dill. Toasted walnuts and raisins add substance and contrast. A little quality sumac goes a long way in giving this soup just enough tartness to balance things out.
Why this cucumber soup works!
This cucumber soup is the perfect way to cool off on hot summer days. It also has some good detox benefits; cucumbers hep cleanse the liver, while, low-fat yogurt contributes good-for-your-gut probiotics. So if you’ve had a particularly indulgent weekend, for example, this can be just the way to reset your body and get back on track.
Tasty cold cucumber soup with fresh herbs and toasted walnuts will do the trick! Think of this as a cucumber gazpacho with a cool, creamy yogurt base. This is great to prepare in advance so it has time to chill in the fridge. The perfect start to a summer meal like chicken kabobs or grilled lamb chops (more ideas up in the post.)
- 1/2 cup walnut hearts, toasted and finely chopped
- 2 cups plain yogurt (not Greek yogurt)
- 1 1/2 cup ice water
- 1/2 to 3/4 of a seedless English cucumber, finely chopped (about 1 to 1 1/2 cups chopped), plus a few cucumber slices for serving
- 1 cup chopped fresh herbs (parsley, basil, dill, mint)
- 1/2 cup gold raisins
- 3/4 tsp sumac, more for later
- In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt and iced water. Stir in finely chopped cucumbers, herbs, raisins, and toasted walnuts. Season with salt and sumac. Cover and chill for about one hour.
- When ready, divide chilled cucumber soup into four serving bowls. Sprinkle more sumac on top and add a few cucumber slices to each bowl. Enjoy with your favorite toasted bread or pita.
- Cook’s Tip: Allow about 1 hour of inactive time for chilling.
- Cook’s Tip: If you need to toast the walnut hearts, heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread walnuts on a baking sheet, toast in oven for 10 minutes or so, until fragrant. Remove from heat and let cool, then chop finely to use for this recipe.
- Leftovers? Keep leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container for a couple of days or so.
- Recommended for this recipe: All-natural ground sumac.
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- Category: Soup
- Method: Chilled
- Cuisine: Persian
Keywords: Cucumber Soup, Chilled Cucumber Soup, Persian Yogurt Cucumber Soup