Afghan Yogurt Sauce

written by Mirriam Seddiq
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If you live in an Afghan home, you will have afghan yogurt sauce at almost every meal. And, once you’ve had it, you will do the same. The Afghan yogurt sauce is cool, creamy, sour, and deliciously herbal. It pairs well with both veggies and meat alike.

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Afghan food is not generally very spicy. But, our dishes are quite rich. Fatty lamb, tender beef, and chicken every where. We have multiple sauces and side dishes that help cut those rich dishes. Even our vegetable dish are rich. That is recipes like this Afghan yogurt sauce, and our cilantro chutney come in handy.

Although not required, if you can get your hands on some Afghan kashk, it will make for a special Afghan yogurt sauce. Kashk is made from drained yogurt (in particular, drained qatiq) or drained sour milk by shaping it and letting it dry. It can be made in a variety of forms, like rolled into balls, sliced into strips, and formed into chunks.

Make this! You will use it for everything – on top of soups, salads, chicken sandwiches, as a dip, as a companion for a Saturday walk or a Sunday drive. Seriously. We will be using this for many recipes on Afghan Cooks (or some variation of this.) So make up a batch!

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Afghan Garlic Yogurt Sauce

Afghan Garlic Yogurt Sauce

  • Author: Mirriam Seddiq
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Make this! You will use it for everything – on top of soups, salads, chicken sandwiches, as a dip, as a companion for a Saturday walk or a Sunday drive. Seriously. We will be using this for many recipes on Afghan Cooks (or some variation of this.) So make up a batch!




Sour cream (optional)

Kashk (optional)

45 cloves garlic minced


lemon juice





The only real instruction here is this – make this according to your taste. If you only have yogurt here are the proportions for 2 cups

Stir together 2 cups yogurt, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 tbsp dill, 1 tbsp mint, pinch of salt and garlic. Stir together. Add water until the sauce can be drizzled. If you want it thicker, use less water. We make a very thin version of this and keep it in a squeeze bottle.

You can mix the yogurt with sour cream and/or kashk if you can find it. The rest of the ingredients are the same but its important for you to taste it and add more or less mint, lemon juice, dill and salt depending on your own taste. Taste taste taste! this Afghan yogurt sauce will please the entire family.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: Afghan

Keywords: dip, sauce, salad, salad dressing, appetizer, yogurt sauce, garlic yogurt sauce, garlic, kashk, sour cream, afghan food, afghan yogurt, afghan dip, afghan sauce

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Mirriam Seddiq

I am Mirriam Z. Seddiq, the Afghan Cook. I was born in Afghanistan and came to America as a when I was 18 months old. I am a criminal defense, personal injury, and immigration attorney. I started the first Muslim American Woman Political Action Committee, once owned a coffee shop and a restaurant, and currently am the CEO of the Komak Foundation which focuses its efforts on helping Afghan refugees.

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  1. Denys Beecher

    Made some to accompany the Borani Badoo and it was a fantastic addition to the dish. Kept well in the fridge for a number of other meals and snacks too

  2. Laura

    I just discovered your delightful YouTube channel, and I am excited to try more recipes! I started with this one today to accompany the borani kadoo. Yum!

    • Mirriam Seddiq

      Yay! I hope you make the dishes and tag me on Instagram!

  3. Victoria

    Very easy to make, and it really does taste great with the other dishes! An inspired accompaniment 🙂

  4. Hugo Doetsch

    Incredibly versatile, easy to make, and literally good on almost anything!
    An added benefit is that it’s so healthy.
    Adjust proportions to your Taste.


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