In the Middle-East and Mediterranean, yogurt is a staple as an ingredient in cooling drinks.
By Laura Bashar
Yogurt is not just for smoothies or frozen treats. In the Middle-East and Mediterranean, yogurt is a staple in the diet. It is served as a side dish, appetizer, marinade and dessert. It is consumed for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And, it is also used in drinks.
What the western world calls “Greek Yogurt” is the typical yogurt found in these countries. It is a thicker and creamier yogurt, because less water is strained out. It also has more protein, less carbohydrates, less sodium and less sugar than the mass-produced yogurt. It is also more expensive.
Doogh is a Persian drink made with mint, yogurt and club soda. If you don’t care for the bubbly, water can be used instead. Dried mint offers more intense flavor than fresh, so save the fresh mint for garnish.
- 1 cup(8 oz) yogurt
- 1 cup (8 oz) club soda
- ½ tsp mint, dried , crushed
- 1/16 tsp salt
- 1/16 tsp black pepper, ground
- 1 cup ice
- 1 TBS mint, fresh
- In a small pitcher whisk together the yogurt, club soda and seasonings.
- Fill two glasses with ice and divide doogh evenly between the two glasses.
- Garnish with fresh mint and serve.
Laura Bashar is a recipe developer, graphic designer, photographer, food writer, wife & mom of three. After hearing fellow moms complain about how hard it is to cook every night, Laura started her own cooking blog, Family Spice, to bring families back at the dinner table. Laura is half-Persian and jokes about being married to a full-bred, and frequently features many recipes from Iran and the Middle-East on her blog.