Cucumber Raita Recipe

Urvashee Patel | Dessarts Updated

Refreshing Cucumber Raita can cool your tongue from any curry. It also makes a fantastic party dip.

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What is raita? Raita is an Indian side dish that’s basically a creamy yogurt mixed with any kind of vegetable or fruit and a bit of spice. It’s most often served with rice dishes and curries. Raita makes a great cooling agent when your palate feels a burn from those spicy Indian dishes.

The beauty of it is that it can really be made with anything. I’ve seen onion, mint, pineapple, pomegranate, beet, and even banana raita. North Indians make it with boondhi, tiny balls of fried gram flour. In my house, cucumber raita has always been the standard.

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I like to make my raita with Greek yogurt. This is partially because it’s what I normally have on hand but also because it tends to be less sour and is packed with more protein. I based this recipe off of what my mom uses in her raita. She usually adds mustard powder to pack in some extra pungent flavor. If you find that it’s too strong of a taste, you can always add less.

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Raita doesn’t just have to be an accompaniment to Indian food. Try it as a dip for vegetables or use it as a spread on bread. I sometimes use it as a healthier alternative to salad dressing.  You can even just eat it by itself!

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Cucumber Raita Recipe

  4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 2 cups Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic, minced
  • 4-5 sprigs Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • Red Chili Powder, for garnish

Directions

  1. Peel the cucumber and grate it using a large hole grater.
  2. Combine the yogurt with the cumin, mustard powder, salt, garlic and cilantro. Mix well.
  3. Stir in the grated cucumber.
  4. Garnish with a sprinkle of chili powder and/or cilantro.
  5. Serve chilled.
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Author: Urvashee Patel
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/2 cup
Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
Calories 73

% Daily Value*
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
  Saturated Fat 0g
12%
Sodium 293mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate 7g
0%
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 1g
21%
Protein 10g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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Urvashee blogs about delectable desserts on her blog, Dessarts. Lucky for us, she's sharing her delectable vegetarian dishes too as a Vegetarian Fanatic.