Mast-o-Musir (Persian Shallot Dip)

Spring is near. Make vegan kabob and Mast-o-Musir!

Mast-o-Musir is a traditional Iranian side dish, commonly served with kabob. I personally enjoy this Persian dip with a bowl of potato chips. It is prepared with yogurt (called “mast”) and dried wild shallots (called “musir”). It is similar to French Onion dip.

Our version of Mast-o-Musir is vegan of course. Dairy is the exploitation of the female productive system, from artificially inseminating the cow to removing her baby and plugging her to a pump to remove her milk.

There are so many great alternatives to dairy. Our household favorite plant-based yogurt is from Kitehill Foods, and it is made from almonds. It is perfect in Persian and Indian dishes. All of our Persian recipes calling for plant-based yogurt use the plain, unsweetened almond yogurt from Kitehill Foods.

The Persian Shallot can be bought at a Persian or Afghan store or even on Amazon.

As you start to walk the way, the way appears.” – Rumi

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Vegan, Plant-based, Persian, Iranian, Shallot Dip Mast-o-Musir

Mast-o-Musir (Persian Shallot Dip)

  • Author: Plant-Based Persian
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


A Persian version of French Onion Dip


Units Scale
  • 7 Persian Shallots (soaked in hot water for 3 hours and drained)
  • 2 cups plain, unsweetened almond yogurt (Kithill brand recommended)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh dill
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Paprika and dill for garnish


  1. Finely mince the soaked shallot in a food processor.
  2. Add the yogurt to a medium bowl.
  3. Add the shallot (save 1 tsp for garnish).
  4. Add the black pepper, salt, and dill. Combine. 
  5. Garnish with the remaining shallot, fresh dill, and paprika. 
  6. Serve with bread, kabob, or as a dip for veggies and chips.
  • Prep Time: 185 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dip
  • Cuisine: Iranian/Persian

Keywords: Vegan, Plant-Based, Persian, Iranian, Mast-o-Musir, dairy-free, shallot