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All food is soul food;
to treat it otherwise is to court indigestion,
both chronic & metaphysical.
Cacik or Mast-o-Khyar
Cucumber Yogurt Salad
Total time: 1-½ hours
Preparation time: ½ hour
Chilling: 1+ hours
2 cups peeled, seeded and diced cucumber
2 tbsp. salt (for cucumbers)
1 quart yogurt
1 heaping tbsp. garlic
2 tbsp. dried or ¼ cup fresh finely chopped mint
Salt to taste
Several sprigs fresh mint

Put the cucumbers into a colander, sprinkle with 2 tbsp. salt and let drain for ½ hour.

Combine the yogurt, garlic and mint in a mixing bowl, then rinse the cucumbers well and add them to the bowl. Taste and add salt as needed. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving, garnished with sprigs of mint.