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Persian Chilled Cucumber Soup (Abdoogh Kiar) | The Mediterranean Dish. A cold cucumber soup in a yogurt base with lots of fresh herbs, toasted walnuts, and raisins. Think detox soup to help you cool off and rest your body! See the recipe on

Persian Chilled Cucumber Soup


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
  • Salt
  • 3/4 tsp sumac, more for later


  1. 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.
  2. 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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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Chilled
  • Cuisine: Persian

Keywords: Cucumber Soup, Chilled Cucumber Soup, Persian Yogurt Cucumber Soup