Doogh Recipe (Persian Yogurt Drink)
If you're familiar with Persian food, you might have already tasted doogh, which is the traditional yogurt (or curdled milk) drink that accompanies Iranian dishes. It's one of my husband's favorite drinks.
Unlike Indian sweet lassi, the taste of this yogurt drink is unique; it's more savory and tart rather than sweet. The preparation is fairly simple. Just combine, plain yogurt, carbonated water (you could also use still filtered water), dried mint and a few other flavorings. This cold drink is not only refreshing for hot summer days but also can be used as an all-natural nausea remedy, thanks to the properties of the mint.
Yields: 8 servings1 quart yogurt
1-½ tablespoons honey (optional)
1-½ tablespoons dried mint (or 12 fresh mint leaves), to taste
¼ teaspoon cumin seeds (optional), freshly ground
4 cups crushed ice
2 quarts seltzer water (or still water)
16 whole fresh mint leaves, for garnish
Combine the yogurt, honey (if used), dried mint and ground cumin (if used) in a blender. Add about 2-3 cups of seltzer water (or still water) for a smoother flow. Blend all the ingredients for about 2 minutes. The consistency should be smooth and frothy.
You could also adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper (I didn't).
Complete with the remaining seltzer water.
Stir well. Serve over ice in 8 tall glasses; top with sprigs of fresh mint.
I used Greek-style yogurt because it's firmer and denser than regular yogurt. I made my own yogurt last summer. It's easier than you imagine; making homemade yogurt doesn't even require a yogurt maker. You can click on the link for the recipe.
Some people like to blend doogh with sour cream for a richer mouth feel, instead of just plain yogurt. You could replace the yogurt with Bulgarian cultured buttermilk for more tart taste. You can find it at any Middle Eastern market. If you live in the Bay Area, check out the Rose Market -1060 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94040.
You could use club soda, instead of seltzer water (but there's no salt added in seltzer water).
I used the Vitamix blender for this recipe. I got it as a wedding gift, and it's really powerful. It crushes ice into snow-cones almost instantly. It's perfect for smoothies. Just make sure there is enough liquid so that the motor does not burn.Published By: on August 8, 2011.