The Best Uses for Persian-Style Yogurt

An expert yogurt-maker shares her favorite savory uses for Persian-style yogurt.

Homa Dashtaki of The White Moustache in Brooklyn sells her firm, tangy, spectacularly delicious Persian-style yogurt in eight flavors, including date and quince. But she prefers it plain, both to use as a festive holiday dip, but also in authentic, savory preparations like these.

1. Moosir.
A savory shallot yogurt with diced leopoldia shallots and salt. She drenches a bowl of potato chips with it for the ultimate snack food. While the chips are still crunchy, it’s a great nacho-like experience. But it's even better when the yogurt has soaked through.

2. Basmati long grain rice with yogurt.
This is the go-to comfort food in her household, simply seasoned with salt and pepper. The starchy rice gets nicely coated by the tangy cool yogurt, giving it a surprising robustness and warmth.

3. All-purpose condiment.
Yogurt mixed with dill, cucumbers, salt and pepper. A perfect condiment for meats or just spread on pita or lavash.

4. Marinade.
Homa marinates chicken in her yogurt. The calcium and probiotics make for an insanely juicy bird.

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