I wanted to make my husband very happy, so along with a Persian dinner, I decided to make some doogh. Doogh is a yogurt soda that is pretty much the most popular dinner drink in Iran.
Doogh is sour and fizzy and minty. For non-Persians Doogh may be an acquired taste. We would go to Persian restaurants and my husband would order doogh and have me drink some – I detested it. I couldn’t understand why he liked it so much. But then we went to Iran and I had “the good stuff” – and I was hooked.
Making it at home allowed me more control over the flavor. I like mine a bit thinner than my husband does, but he also liked this version. But next time I will make his a little thicker, then pour some into a second container and make mine thinner, the way I like it.
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 liter seltzer
Dried mint (about 1/8 – 1/4 tsp)
Kosher salt, to taste if necessary
Put the yogurt into a pitcher. Pour in the seltzer, mixing as you go. If you like thicker doogh, use less – check it after about 3/4 liter, then continue to add to your preference.
Sprinkle in the mint.
Stir before pouring.