Los Angeles actor Naz Deravian, creator of the food blog Bottom of the Pot, serves this cooling, delicate yogurt with barberry rice as part of a festive dinner for Yalda, the Persian winter solstice celebration. If you like, add raisins, chopped walnuts, dill, minced garlic or green onions, or chopped chives to the yogurt.

Naz Deravian
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Credit: Amy Dickerson; Styling: Joni Noe

Recipe Summary

10 mins
Serves 6 to 8 (makes 3 cups)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl except fresh mint. Adjust seasonings to taste. Top with fresh mint leaves, and, if you like, a sprinkle of ground dried rose petals.

  • Make ahead: Up to 3 days, covered and chilled (top with fresh mint and dried rose just before serving).

  • *If your cucumber is especially juicy, replace a few spoonfuls of the yogurt with thicker Greek yogurt. Find dried rose petals at Middle Eastern markets, Latino markets, spice shops, or online. Grind to a powder in a spice grinder before use.

Nutrition Facts

40 calories; calories from fat 45%; protein 2.2g; fat 2g; saturated fat 1.3g; carbohydrates 3.6g; fiber 0.1g; sodium 200mg; cholesterol 8mg.