As brighter days and warmer weather await us, it's time to prepare ourselves to brave the heat and humidity. While keeping hydrated by drinking lots of water can surely help, using light, cooling yet nourishing ingredients in your recipes can be beneficial too. Yogurt is one such ingredient that should be on your list of grocery staples. It's filled with good bacteria that helps build your immunity, aids digestion and keeps you hydrated. While there are a variety of ways to use this superfood, we've listed down a few yogurt dips that you can enjoy with raw vegetable sticks or even a few potato chips.

Borani Dip

A Persian yogurt based dip, it can be served as an appetizer at your next party. This one by Jessica from SW3kitchen is made with spinach or Esfenaj as it is known in Persian. However, it can also be made with other kinds of vegetables.

Ingredients


200gm spinach
3 garlic cloves
2 cups Greek yogurt
Salt
Olive oil
Bread


Method

  • Heat a pan on medium heat. (No oil needed)
  • Place baby spinach in the pan, lower the heat and wait so that the spinach starts wilting.
  • Once the spinach is wilted, add in mined garlic and stir. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat or until the excess water is evaporated.
  • Mix the yogurt, spinach and garlic in a bowl.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with toasted Iranian bread, naan, toasted bread or pita chips.


 
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Chilli Garlic Dip

Spicy and flavourful, this dip by Cooking Lovers is filled with Indian spices and pairs well with nachos, pita bread and more.

Ingredients


250 gm hung curd
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp roasted cumin powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
Salt
1/4 tsp black pepper powder
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp coriander leaves


Method

  • In a bowl add hung curd and mash slightly.
  • Add garlic paste, roasted cumin powder, red chilli powder, black pepper powder, salt, lemon juice , coriander leaves and mix everything well.
  • Serve with chips, fingers and snacks items.


 
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Tangy Vegetable Dip

Filled with the goodness of veggies and a few added spices, this dip is an easy to make appetizer and can be served with salted crackers.

Ingredients


1 cup toned hung curd
2 onions
2 tomatoes
1/2 capsicum
2 cucumbers
1/2 tsp cumin
Salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp oregano

Method

  • Chop all the veggies and mix them in a bowl with all other ingredients.
  • Serve with bread sticks, lavash or crackers.


 
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Yogurt Onion Dip

Perfect for summer, this dip will remind of your favourite sour cream and onion chips.


Ingredients


2 cups hung curd
4 garlic cloves (minced)
½ cup capsicum (finely chopped)
½ cup onion (finely chopped)
½ cup spring onions (finely chopped)
Salt
Chili flakes
Extra virgin olive oil


Method

  • In a bowl of hung curd, whisk in the garlic, add capsicum, onions, spring onions, salt and mix.
  • Leave this in the refrigerator for half an hour or more. Sprinkle with chili flakes, and drizzle with olive oil just before serving. Serve with an assortment of carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, breads and chips.


 
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Tzatziki

It is a classic Greek appetizer made from yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, olive, a few herbs and spices. It can be served with a variety of dishes.


Ingredients


400 gm full fat Greek yoghurt
1 cucumber
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
A few leaves of fresh mint
1/2 garlic clove
1 tsp of lemon juice


Method

  • Grate the cucumber finely (or chop it into small pieces with a food processor).
  • Place the great cucumber in a sieve to drain. Stir now and again, and press with a spoon to push the water out.
  • Peel and finely great or crush the garlic. Add finely chopped mint leaves. Move all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined.


 
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