Doogh – Persian Yogurt Drink
The first time I tried Doogh was at a Persian restaurant. It was one of those beverages that perplexed me. The first sip was a new flavor unfamiliar to my pallet, but the more I sipped it, the more I liked it until finally, we became friends. The combination of Doogh, which is a traditional Persian Yogurt Drink, and the flavorful impact of Persian food make perfect bedfellows.
Historically, Doogh has been a popular beverage for Persians dating back as early as the mid 1800’s. This refreshing drink, made with yogurt or milk, salt, mint, and fizzy or plain water, was named Doogh after the Persian word Dooshidan, meaning “milking.” This recipe, developed by my Persian friend, Mitra, uses yogurt instead of milk. The beauty of this beverage is that you can adjust the ingredients to suit your personal taste. Add a little more salt, use fresh or dried mint, choose milk or yogurt. In my opinion, the best way to accomplish the perfect Doogh is to play around with the ingredients until you get the flavor that suits your taste best.
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