hiar is a traditional Persian side dish made with yogurt (mast) and cucumber (
khiar). Many Middle Eastern cultures serve this creamy yogurt dish with meals that typically include meat and rice.
Many of my Persian friends make
khiar in a variety of ways. Some use dried edible rose petals in place of mint, shallots instead of onions, and dried nuts, and raisins for a little more texture. This recipe is a traditional version using only yogurt, cucumbers, mint, garlic, shallots, sea salt, and a little black pepper.