Cooking with Yogurt

Whether you make your own or buy it at the store, yogurt enhances a variety of dishes with its cool tang—try it as a marinade, in dressings, or as the base for refreshing drinks. We've gathered some of our favorite recipes using yogurt, from cold soups to spicy curries.

Cardamom Lassi
At her restaurant, Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez offers eight variations on lassi, the classic sweet-tart, creamy Indian yogurt drink, ranging from aam (mango) and nariyal (coconut) to gulab (rose) and nimbu (lemon). The elaichi (cardamom-flavored) variety is our favorite. See the recipe for Cardamom Lassi »André Baranowski
Turnips with Yogurt and Tomatoes
Turnips with Yogurt and Tomatoes
Marinating turnips in salted yogurt draws out their excess moisture.Ben Fink
See the RecipeAndré Baranowski
Okra in Yogurt
Okra in Yogurt
This vibrant okra stew is thickened with chickpea flour.James Oseland
Chicken and Onion Curry
Sweet Walla Walla onions, which we profiled in the SAVEUR 100 list in our January/February 2010 issue, are ideal for this Indian dish.Todd Coleman
Tandoori Salmon
Tandoori Salmon
These Indian-style salmon filets are marinated in a spice-infused yogurt sauce, then baked until perfectly crisp.Matt Chamberlain
Sweet Yogurt with Saffron and Pistachios (Shrikhand)
Sweet Yogurt with Saffron and Pistachios (Shrikhand)
Pistachios, cardamom seeds, and saffron are mixed into yogurt to make this cool and creamy dessert.Todd Coleman
Lentil Soup with Caraway and Minted Yogurt
Lentil Soup with Caraway and Minted Yogurt
In this Indian-inspired dish lentils are flavored with caraway and coriander to make a quick, fragrant soup.Todd Coleman
Persian Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
Persian Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
This refreshing yogurt dipping sauce is a perfect counterbalance to savory dishes.Anna Stockwell
Cold Beet Yogurt Soup
Cold Beet Yogurt Soup
Earthy beets, cooked and chilled, and blended with yogurt, dill, and lemon, make for a bright, perfectly balanced borscht-inspired bowl.Anna Stockwell
Cold Cucumber Yogurt Soup
Cold Cucumber Yogurt Soup
The classic combination of raw cucumber, yogurt, lemon, and mint is perfect for the hottest summer days.Anna Stockwell
Eggplant and Yogurt Dip (Borani-e Bademjan)
Eggplant and Yogurt Dip (Borani-e Bademjan)
Garnished with walnuts and garlic chips, this creamy dip makes a great appetizer.Ali Farboud
Yogurt and Cucumber Dip (Mast-o Khiar)
Yogurt and Cucumber Dip (Mast-o Khiar)
Topped with rose petals and golden raisins, this simple dip is an elegant mezze.Todd Coleman
Mango Lassi (Indian Mango Yogurt Drink)
Use the ripest, sweetest, smoothest mangos you can find, such as Champagne or Haitian varieties, for this creamy and refreshing yogurt-enriched fruit shake. Get the recipe for Mango Lassi (Indian Mango Yogurt Drink) »Maxime Iattoni
Spiced Chicken Kebabs with Garlic Yogurt Sauce (Shish Taouk)
Spiced Chicken Kebabs with Garlic Yogurt Sauce (Shish Taouk)
Redolent of garlic, cumin, and mint, these Middle eastern chicken kebabs can be served with basmati rice or flatbread.Dylan + Jeni
Kohlrabi and Watercress Salad
Kohlrabi and Watercress Salad
For a twist on the classic Waldorf salad, try tossing sweet apples with crisp watercress and nutty kohlrabi in a sumac-infused yogurt dressing.Helen Rosner
Bangladeshi Spiced Yogurt Drink (Burhani)
Bangladeshi Spiced Yogurt Drink (Burhani)
Cumin and other savory spices combine with mint, cilantro, and chile to flavor this Bangladeshi yogurt drink.André Baranowski
Turkish Poached Eggs in Yogurt (Cilbir)
Turkish Poached Eggs in Yogurt (Cilbir)
Looking for a March breakfast? This egg dish is perfect. Pair it with warm bread to mop up extra egg yolk and yogurt.André Baranowski
Grilled Yogurt-Marinated Lamb Chops
Grilled Yogurt-Marinated Lamb Chops
These lamb shoulder chops tenderize in a yogurt marinade flavored with cumin and cardamom before grilling.André Baranowski
Curried Yogurt Stew (Kadhi)
Curried Yogurt Stew (Kadhi)
Chickpea flour acts as a stabilizer, preventing yogurt from curdling in this aromatic soup.André Baranowski
Labneh Tart
Labneh Tart
Labneh, a thick strained yogurt, is the base for this vanilla-spiked tart.Andre Baranowski
Red Leaf Salad with Ranch Dressing
Red Leaf Salad with Ranch Dressing
Light, tangy yogurt replaces rich mayonnaise in the herb-laced dressing for this salad.André Baranowski
Spiced Persimmon Frozen Yogurt
Spiced Persimmon Frozen Yogurt
Classic frozen yogurt gets a boost from floral persimmon and toasted spices.André Baranowski
Cucumber Yogurt Dip (Tzatziki)
Cucumber Yogurt Dip (Tzatziki)
Grated cucumber marries with chopped herbs and aromatics in this iconic Greek yogurt condiment.André Baranowski
Beet Raita
Beet Raita
This cooling yogurt mix can be served as relish, dip, salad, or side.Ingalls Photography
Tagliatelle with Yogurt and Fried Onions (Rishta bi Laban wa Bassal)
Tagliatelle with Yogurt and Fried Onions (Rishta bi Laban wa Bassal)
Copious amounts of lightly caramelized onions are piled atop pasta and served with yogurt and herbs in this recipe inspired by Claudia Roden’s The New Book of Middle Eastern Food. Get the recipe »André Baranowski