Yogurt with Beets (Borani Chogondar)


Borani, a Middle Eastern yogurt dip, can be made with anything from spinach to eggplant to carrots. This recipe gets its shockingly pink color from grated beets. Make it ahead--the longer it sits, the better it tastes. Read more about this recipe.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
3 cups


  • 1 medium red beet

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 tablespoon dried mint plus 1 teaspoon, divided

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups whole-milk plain Greek yogurt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Wrap beet in foil and roast in a small baking pan until tender when pierced with a knife, 40 to 50 minutes. Unwrap and let cool; peel and grate using the large holes of a box grater.

  3. Transfer the grated beet to a large bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon mint, garlic and salt. Let stand for 5 minutes. Fold in yogurt and pepper. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

  4. Serve topped with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 1 teaspoon mint.


To make ahead: Prepare through Step 3 and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

40 Calories
3g Fat
2g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 40
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Vitamin A 15IU 0%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Folate 9mcg 2%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Magnesium 5mg 1%
Potassium 56mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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