We have already introduced yogurt (Mast) as a dairy production of milk-made. In this article, we want to talk about one of the yogurt dips named Mast o Moosir. We usually use yogurt and its dips a lot as a side dish of the main meal such as Mast o Moosir, which is one of these side dishes with a little onion, a little garlicky, and so yummy. The term of “Mast o Moosir” is the translation of shallot yogurt, in Farsi. Shallot is a kind of vegetable from allium families such as onion, garlic, chives, alongside leek, and scallions. Its outside appearance is similar to red onion, but it looks insides very differently. It tastes between onion and garlic but sweeter when it can make you cry precisely like an onion.
If you taste Mast O Musir one time, I promise you never can forget its excellent flavor. This yogurt-based dish reminds everyone of the Persian restaurants where they make the best Mast o Moosir frankly and serve along with special meals like Chelo Kebab. It is also the easiest and best side dish when you use all your energy to make a delicious meal and need a quick, easy, and healthy side dish.
Different types of Mast o Moosir:
You can make different tastes in Mast o Moosir by using various types of yogurt such as Fruit yogurt, creamy yogurt (Greek yogurt), Dripped yogurt (Maasta-e-Chekideh). You can also add some cucumber to this dip and make cucumber yogurt (Mast-o-Khiar) with the taste of Moosir.
Important nutrition facts:
Yogurt (Mast) is so useful and beneficial that in ancient Indians history and culture, it is called “the food of Gods.” When you add shallot to it, you make the most beneficial side dish. Mast o Moosir or Shallot yogurt is the primary source of protein, minerals, and vitamins. A bowl of low-fat yogurt mixed with shallot, which is almost 260gr includes 155 kcal energy, 15gr of protein, 14gr of carbohydrate, 4g of fat (of course, the amount of fat depends on the milk that is used in making yogurt and its fat). It is also rich in calcium (447mg), magnesium (43mg), potassium (573mg), and riboflavin.
3.5 ounces of shallot, equivalent to 100 grams, can provide 75 calories, 2.5gr protein, 17 gr carbs, and 3gr fiber. Also, it contains 3% calcium, 7% iron, and it is a rich source of other minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and folate. Daily consumption of Mast O Musir reduces the incidence of many diseases and disorders like eczema and hives, osteoporosis, cancers, infections, gastrointestinal disorders, and asthma. It also can boost your memory and strengthen your bones because yogurt is a remarkable source of phosphorus and vitamin D.
High antioxidants and fiber properties provide mire health to our bodies and reduce aging and risk of most diseases such as cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and inflammation. It is also the right choice as a side dish for those who want to lose weight because this combination increases the body’s ability to burn fat. So never forget to use Mast o Moosir, yogurt, and its addicts in daily diet. Just be careful if you have a cold temperament since it has a cold temperament, too. Make sure you add some crushed dried mint leave, damask rose powder, to balance your temperament.
Serving style of Mast o Moosir:
We serve Mast o Moosir mostly as a side dish with rice meals, or even you can pair it with lamb, grilled chicken, or fish and serve them along with bread, especially with Noon-e-Sangak as the most delicious Persian bread. Also, you can have it with veggies as an appetizer.
I can add it here that you can have Yogurt Shallot with fried potato or chips, a piece of bread, or all alone as a light evening meal for children or a friendly gathering. You can serve it in a small bowl with topping it with crushed dried mint leave or damask rose powder.
Mast o Moosir is the right choice as a side dish for a vegetarian diet. But unfortunately, a vegan cannot taste it anymore. What are the ingredients? The ingredients that you need to make homemade Mast o Moosir are yogurt, shallot, salt, olive oil, dried crushed mint leave, and Rosepetal. If you prefer, you can add some black pepper, too. These ingredients are easily available for everyone who wants to make this delicious side dish.
What are the ingredients?
The main ingredient is yogurt, and the other ingredients will be added to yogurt. The other essential ingredient is shallots. Indeed, the ingredients, finish here. You can make a dish of Mast o Moosir with these ingredients. However, for tasting it a little bit up, you can add olive oil, mint ground, black pepper, and any other spices to your liking. You might also use some items such as mint leaves and rose petals for decorating your dish.
How to make Mast o Moosir?
To make Mast o Moosir, you need to peel shallots and wash them. Then it would help if you placed them on a paper towel to drain the water. Now, you have to mince the shallot. Next, you can add all your ingredients including, shallot, salt, olive oil to the yogurt, and mix them well. Finely, you must cover it after pouring it to a serving bowl and refrigerate it until it chills. When you want to serve it, you should uncover it and top it with Rose petals and sprinkle crushed mint leave.
This recipe is adequate for four people. The preparation time of Mast o Moosir is 10 minutes, and it has no cooking time, but it needs a chilling time. It almost needs 5 to 6 hours to chill in the refrigerator.
Mast o Moosir
- 2 cups of yogurt
- 3 large fresh shallots
- 1 teaspoon shallot
- 1 olive oil
- ½ teaspoon black pepper (optional)
- Rose petals as much as you need for topping
- 1 teaspoon crushed mint leave
- Peel the shallots and wash them.
- Place the washed shallots on a paper towel to drain completely.
- Mince the shallot. You can chop the shallot instead of mincing it.
- Add minced shallot as well as salt, black pepper, and olive oil to the yogurt.
- Mix them well until you have a smooth combination.
- Pour it into a serving bowl.
- Cove it and put it into the refrigerator to chill completely for almost 6 hours to allow the flavors to meld.
- When you want to serve it, uncover it, and decorate it with Rose petals and sprinkle with crushed mint leave.
- Nourishment to your soul. (Noosheh Jaan)
- If fresh shallot is not available, you can use the dried ones. In this case, you need to boil 2 cups of water and pour the shallots in it and let them soak until getting soft. Drain and rinse the water and dry them thoroughly. Now you can use them in your Mast o Moosir recipe.
- You can store it in the closed container and the refrigerator for a few days.