Doogh or Persian yogurt drink is a refreshing, frothy, and savory drink made with yogurt, water, a pinch of salt, and dried mint. It is also known for its hydrating properties, making it a perfect choice for a delicious and chilled summer drink.
About This Recipe
Typically homemade Doogh is a combination of natural yogurt (not sweetened), salt, water, dried mint, and dried rose petals. Doogh has a long history rooted in Persian culinary traditions. This refreshing yogurt drink can be served alongside various Persian dishes, such as Kebabs, Ghormeh Sabzi, Khoresht Gheymeh, and Tahchin. There are similar yogurt drinks in other parts of the world. Indian Savory lassi, Turkish Ayran, and Arabic/North African Laban are some of the drinks that are similar to this Iranian yogurt drink.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Simple ingredients: This Persian yogurt drink is made from 4 simple ingredients: yogurt, water, salt, and dried mint.
- Easy to make: Making this chilled and thirst-quenching drink is incredibly easy. You’re just a few simple steps away from refreshing and ice-cold Doogh.
- Versatile and easily adaptable: Would you like your Doogh extra creamy? If you prefer your drink to be thick, you can add less water. If you want your drink runny and not thick, you can add more water to reach your desired consistency. You can also adjust the saltiness to your liking by adding more or less salt.
What Do You Need to Make Doogh
- Yogurt: In Iran, yogurt with a slightly sour taste is usually used to make Doogh. You can use natural yogurt (not sweetened) for the closest taste.
- Salt: Adds a subtle savory note that balances out the sourness of yogurt and takes your ice-cold drink to the next level.
- Water: Cold water is used to dilute the yogurt. If you prefer your drink to be thick, you can add less water. If you want your drink runny and not thick, you can add more water to reach your desired consistency.
- ِDried mint: Dried Mint adds a burst of flavor and aroma to the drink.
- Dried rose petals: A pinch of crushed rose petals add a floral note to your drink, but it’s totally optional.
How To Make Doogh
- Mix yogurt and salt in a pitcher using a whisk until it has a smooth consistency.
- Add dried mint, crushed rose petals, and cold water and mix thoroughly.
- Taste and adjust the saltiness based on your preference.
- Add a few ice cubes to the serving glass and fill it with Doogh.
- Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and serve.
- If you like your drink extra frothy, place all the ingredients minus the ice, in a blender and pulse until frothy.
- You can use plain sparkling water instead of water for a fizzy touch.
- The fresh mint leaves add visual appeal and a burst of fresh flavor to the drink.
- Doogh pairs well with many Persian and Middle Eastern dishes such as kebabs, Ghormeh Sabzi, and Gheymeh.
What Is Doogh Supposed to Taste Like?
It’s a traditional Persian yogurt-based drink that has a refreshing tangy and salty flavor with a smooth texture.
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- 3 cups unsweetened plain yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups water, cold
- 1 tablespoon dried mint
- 1 teaspoon dried rose petals (optional)
- Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
Mix yogurt and salt in a pitcher using a whisk until it has a smooth consistency.
Add dried mint, crushed rose petals and cold water and mix thoroughly.
Taste and adjust the saltiness based on your preference.
Add a few ice cubes to the serving glass and fill it with Doogh.
Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and serve.