Spring is finally here and that means, like the flowers, social gatherings are in full bloom. Fortunately, whether you’re extroverted or introverted, you have lots of delicious food to look forward to. You’ve likely even been asked to bring a dish yourself, and now maybe you’re rethinking your RSVP… Don’t fret. This simple (and delicious) gut-healthy borani dip is the perfect go-to.
WHAT IS BORANI?
Borani is an Iranian, yogurt-based dip made with a blend of simple ingredients and typically served with pita bread (you could also opt for veggies!). Borani is rich, creamy, infused with flavor and packed with antioxidants and good-gut benefits.
INGREDIENT BREAKDOWNS AND BENEFITS
Now let’s get into it. To start, the base of this borani is a thick, drained yogurt. We like greek yogurt for this dip because it contains live bacteria cultures known as probiotics. Studies show that probiotics may work to rebalance the gut and support a variety of bodily functions like digestion, mental health, weight management, skin health, vaginal health and immunity. Our suite of probiotics can also help balance your gut with benefit-led formulations—no cooking required!
This recipe also hits home when it comes to antioxidant properties. Lemon, turmeric, shallots, dill and walnuts are all ingredients that contain something called flavonoids. Flavonoids are compounds found in fruits and veggies with six varying classes (flavonols, flavan-3-ols, flavones, flavanones, isoflavones and anthocyanins) each of which are digested differently in your body. Flavonoids contain powerful antioxidants that work to support the immune system (which, surprise, starts in your gut!).
With this blend of powerful ingredients, you can show up and show out at your next patio party while checking ‘savory and nutritious appetizer’ off your list. Oh, and outshining your neighbor Kelly’s homemade potato salad with raisins… What the heck Kelly?
- ⅓ cup of extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 sliced shallots
- 2 cups of full-fat greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
- Juice from half of a lemon
- 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts
- 3 tablespoons of fresh dill
- Cook sliced shallots in oil for about 5 minutes or until the shallots are golden brown.
- Transfer the shallots to a dish, separating them from the oil. Sprinkle the turmeric over the oil and stir to create a turmeric-infused oil topping. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl combine the greek yogurt, lemon zest, shallots, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Once combined, plate your mixture and drizzle the turmeric-infused olive oil over top. Sprinkle it with chopped walnuts and your freshly chopped dill.
Give this recipe a try! Your friends (and gut) will thank you.