Cucumber Raita


Stay cool as a cucumber this summer…

This year the sun has decided to turn up the heat a bit early here in Australia. It’s only the start of October and already the temperatures are soaring in the high thirties. Despite coming from India, a country with long, hot summers, I have never been one to enjoy the heat. Anything beyond 28 degrees and you will struggle to get me out and about without an a/c. 

With that said, heat or no heat, I can never give up my curry. However in summer across India curries are served alongside various preparations made from yogurt, such as plain or flavoured lassis, buttermilk, raitas, dips, etc. Yogurt or what we call dahi in Hindi is definitely a superfood. Packed with loads of protein, calcium and vitamins, it also has fantastic cooling properties.

So today’s recipe is the quintessential Indian chiller, cucumber raita. When you combine yogurt and cucumber together you have got on hand the coolest dish in the world (pun intended). Raita is usually served as a condiment alongside lentil, vegetable and rice preparations. I sometimes like to eat it just by itself. Checkout the recipe below.

Ingredients:  7     Preparation time: 10 minutes 

Serves: 6

  • 500ml natural yogurt ( I use low-fat Greek natural yogurt)
  • Two medium cucumbers, peeled and grated
  • 100gms fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • One teaspoon cumin powder
  • Half teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to season
  • Pinch of sugar

In a bowl add yogurt and whisk it until smooth. 

Now add the herbs, spices, sugar and salt. Mix well. Feel free to add these ingredients to suit your taste.

Finally add the grated cucumber. Some prefer to squeeze out the juice from the cucumber before adding it to the yogurt. However I recommend keeping the juice as it gives the dish a great flavour and also improves the consistency. 

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Garnish with a sprinkle of cumin powder and some fresh coriander. 

Serve this lip smackingly delicious raita at your next party. Serve it with a curry or some vegetable sticks, there’s definitely more than one way to enjoy it.

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