Borani-yeh Karafs (Celery Yogurt Dip)
Borani is an Iranian yogurt-based dish that highlights one ingredient, typically a vegetable. This one combines crisp celery with Greek yogurt for a cooling snack. Dried mint and dried dill are Iranian pantry staples and are always ready to be used in an array of dishes. Don’t think of them as substitutes for fresh herbs but as stars in their own right. You can use fresh dill, if you prefer, but the dried mint here delivers a unique flavor and fragrance not found in its fresh counterpart. The dried cranberries add texture and color, and balance the celery with a hint of sweetness. Serve this dish as a dip or dig right in with a spoon.
- Serves: 4 persons
- ¼cup roasted, skinned hazelnuts
- 1(16-ounce) container Greek yogurt (2 cups)
- 4large celery stalks (preferably the lighter ones from the hearts), cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 2 cups)
- 1green onion, chopped
- 2tablespoons dried cranberries, coarsely chopped, plus more for garnish
- 1tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1tablespoon dried mint, plus more for garnish
- 2teaspoons dried dill or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill, plus more for garnish
- 1 ½teaspoons kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal)
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- Chips, flatbreads or crudités, for dipping
Step 1Coarsely chop the hazelnuts, set a few pieces aside for garnish and place the rest in a medium bowl.
Step 2Add the yogurt, celery, green onion, dried cranberries, lemon juice, mint, dill and salt to the bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust all seasonings to your liking. The dip can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Step 3To serve, garnish with reserved hazelnuts, cranberries and a little sprinkling of dried mint and dill. Drizzle with olive oil and serve with chips, flatbreads or crudités.