Persian Yogurt Dip with Shallots

Persian Yogurt Dip with Shallots

This Persian yogurt dip with shallots is an absolute favorite of mine. It can be served with rice dishes, bread or all by itself. It is so tasty, creamy, flavorful and refreshing.

Yogurt is a well known health food as it is an excellent source of probiotics, high quality protein and calcium. It is associated with prevention of osteoporosis, lowering of high blood pressure, contribution to gut health and fullness. Make sure to get yogurt with live and active cultures.

The flavor of shallots is so subtle, sweet, mellow and somewhere between onions and garlic. But not nearly as pungent. There is little wonder why this is so popularly used in French cuisine. The beauty of shallots is not limited to its taste and flavor alone.

Shallots contain allyl sulfides – compounds that lower blood pressure and inhibit tumor growth. Quercetin, an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant is present in high levels in shallots and has been shown in studies to reverse age related memory loss. Research has revealed that the phytochemicals present in shallots may contribute to better regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

 

Persian Yogurt Dip with ShallotsPhoto Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

So get set to tantalize your taste buds with this Persian Yogurt dip with shallots! This can be served with a rice dish such as Saffron Yogurt Rice with Spinach and Prunes.

 

PERSIAN YOGURT DIP WITH SHALLOTS

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NUTRITION FACTS

Servings: 14, Serving Size: ¼ cup

Calories 36, Total Fat 1 g (Saturated Fat 0.6 g), Cholesterol 3 mg, Sodium* 32 mg, Potassium 141 mg, Phosphorus 70 mg, Total Carbohydrate 5 g, Sugars 4 g, Protein 3 g

*Without added salt

 

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 0 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS

2 ½ cups reduced fat plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
3 large fresh shallots or 3/4 cup dried shallots
Salt to taste
Olive oil drizzle (optional)
Rose petals (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS

Peel and chop the fresh shallots. Add the yogurt and salt as per taste and mix well. Transfer to a serving bowl.

If using dried shallots, boil 2 cups of water and pour it over. Let the dried shallots soak until soft. Drain and soak a couple more times and rinse it well. This will help get rid of the strong flavor, if there is any. Add the finely chopped shallots to the yogurt, salt and mix well.

Cover and let it chill until served. The flavors meld well when it is left to chill for some hours.

To serve, may drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle rose petals on the top.

 

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Persian Yogurt Dip with Shallots
 
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This Persian yogurt dip with shallots is an absolute favorite of mine. It can be served with rice dishes, bread or all by itself. It is so tasty, creamy, flavorful and refreshing.
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Recipe type: Salads
Cuisine: Persian
Serves: 14
Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups reduced fat plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • 3 large fresh shallots or ¾ cup dried shallots
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil drizzle (optional)
  • Rose petals (optional)
Instructions
  1. Peel and chop the fresh shallots. Add the yogurt and salt as per taste and mix well. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  2. If using dried shallots, boil 2 cups of water and pour it over. Let the dried shallots soak until soft. Drain and soak a couple more times and rinse it well. This will help get rid of the strong flavor, if there is any. Add the finely chopped shallots to the yogurt, salt and mix well.
  3. Cover and let it chill until served. The flavors meld well when it is left to chill for some hours.
  4. To serve, may drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle rose petals on the top.
Notes
NUTRITION INFORMATION - SODIUM* without added salt
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Yogurt Salad Calories: 36 Kcals Fat: 1 g Saturated fat: 0.6 g Carbohydrates: 5 g Sugar: 4 g Sodium: 32 mg Protein: 3 g Cholesterol: 3 mg