Doogh – Persian Yogurt Drink

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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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  1. In large pitcher, mix yogurt, mint, salt, and pepper.
  2. Pour in club soda, or water and stir until yogurt is dissolved into water and all ingredients are well combined.
  3. Adjust salt and pepper to taste and stir again.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Pour into individual glasses over a few ice cubes and garnish with fresh mint.
Recipe Notes

-You can also make the dough in individual glasses, garnishing each glass with a sprig of mint.
- Dough is a traditional Persian drink that is served with food or enjoyed as a refreshing summer drink.
- Dough comes from the Persian word, Dooshidan, which means “Milking.” From Ancient Persia until now, this popular drink has been enjoyed by Middle Eastern Cultures across the globe.
- Many Persians prefer Dough over soda pop because of it’s health properties found in the fermented yogurt. Somewhere along the way in the Persian culture, Dough became affectionately known as “The Persian Coke.”

Recipe by Mitra Murphy for


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      That’s wonderful! Thank you for sharing my recipe on

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