Yogurt Cucumber Sauce with Rose Petals (Maast-o Khiar)

Yogurt Cucumber Sauce with Rose Petals (*Maast-o Khiar*)
The use of roses—petals and waters flavored with them—is common in Persian and Middle Eastern kitchens. Naz sprinkles the petals atop this tart, cooling yogurt sauce she serves with crispy rice dishes, and often with stews and meats.Matt Taylor-Gross

Dried rose petals do double duty in this recipe from Iranian food writer Naz Deravian: they're ground and stirred into the cucumber-yogurt mixture, as well as left whole for the garnish. The tangy, fragrant sauce is the perfect accompaniment for crispy rice tahdig.

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