Cucumber Raita

Recipe for Cucumber Raita

Raita is a popular Indian side dish in which yoghurt is combined with vegetables or fruits or fried gram flour balls ( called Boondi). There are many Raita recipes, and these go well with Pulav ( a fragrant rice dish), Biryanis ( check out my Chicken Biryani and Mushroom Biryani Recipes) or with Paranthas ( check out my Gobi Parantha recipe).

Today, the recipe I am sharing is Cucumber Raita. It is a quick and easy recipe in which vegetables and raita are combined with some mild spices.

So, let’s start.

Ingredients needed for Cucumber Raita:

  1. Cucumber: 1 grated
  2. Green Chillies: 2-3, finely chopped
  3. Fresh Coriander leaves: finely chopped, 2 tablespoons
  4. Fresh Mint leaves: finely chopped, 1 tablespoon
  5. Yoghurt: 500 gm
  6. Salt: 3/4 teaspoon
  7. Cumin powder: 1/2 teaspoon
  8. Kashmiri Red Chili Powder: 1/4 teaspoon

Method for making Cucumber Raita:

  1. Beat the yoghurt.

  2. Add cucumber, green chillies, coriander and mint leaves.

  3. Mix and add salt, cumin powder and red chilli powder.

Cucumber raita is ready!

Some additional notes:

  1. For my readers in Germany: I have used yoghurt with 3.5% Fat in this recipe. It tastes the best.
  2. Skip green chillies if you have less tolerance to heat.
  3. Cumin powder is easily available in Germany. You can use it for this recipe. However, the taste of Raita gets greatly enhanced if you toast some cumin seeds in a pan at low to medium heat and crush them with mortar and pestle and then add that to the Raita.

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