JOOJUKH, ARMENIAN COLD YOGURT AND CUCUMBER SOUP
INGREDIENTS: SERVES 6
● 4 cups Mahdzoon [See "Soup" or "Yogurt" section for Yogurt or Mahdzoon recipe
● 1 cup cold water
● 1 gootah, Armenian cucumber**SEE COOK'S NOTE 1**, quartered lengthwise and cut into ¼ inch pieces (about 2 cups)
● Salt, garlic or onion salt optional, and pepper to taste
● ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
1. Thin the mahdzoon to a thick soup consistency with the water. Add the rest of the ingredients. Chill and serve**SEE COOK'S NOTE 2**
COOKS NOTE 1**
✸ Armenian cucumbers do not need peeling. Any other cucumber should be peeled and/or seeded.
✸ Armenian cucumbers “Gootah” are not really a cucumber, but a melon. They are not bitter, but sweet and yet taste like a cucumber. The seeds are usually soft and edible.
They are difficult to find in markets, but can be found at "farmer's markets". They grow well in warm climates and the seeds are readily available at good nurseries. If you
like to garden, try these, I guarantee you will not be disappointed. They can grow to 2 −3 feet in length, but I like them between 10 to 12 inches in length for convenience.
COOKS NOTE 2**
✸ If you like hot sauce, this dish is greatly enhanced with your favorite red pepper sauce.