Doogh- Yogurt Drink
Winter is finally over, and now we can begin to complain about hot days, even though, summer hasn’t even officially begun.
In Iran, doogh دوغ is the most popular drink, after water and tea (yes, even in the heat of the desert). The credit of this beverage is given to ancient Persia, and I didn’t think existed outside of the few Middle Eastern countries, ’till I saw Khenpo Namchak, a Tibetan Budhist teacher here in Montana, have his attendant prepare it for him. It is likely that the two cultures interacted at some point in history, and I wonder if they exchanged more than just recipes.
Doogh is a simple and healthy yogurt based beverage, that is usually flat home made, and carbonated if bottled. Opt for salzer water, sparkling water or club soda to make your own carbonated doogh at home.
Ingredients (1 drink):
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (Regular, Greek, ….the more sour the better)
- 1.5 cup carbonated water (or flat)
- 1/4 tsp dried mint (Middle Eastern, Egyptian)
Time~ 1 min
- In a drinking glass mix yogurt and water. If using carbonated water, dilute the yogurt with minimum amount of water first. Stir well, then top off with more water to minimize carbonation loss.
- Add a pinch of dried mint and salt.