This cool Indian yogurt salad is the perfect foil for hot spicy
dishes. It is delicious with rice salad.
While cucumbers are commonly found in raita, other vegetables or fruits can be used. Try grated eggplant, potato, or chopped spinach. How about a banana or mango raita? Increase the spicy flavor by adding garam masala, a spicy, aromatic Indian blend of peppercorns, cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, nutmeg, turneric, and fennel seeds available in gourmet or natural food stores.
2 slicing cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and grated or chopped
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 teaspoon choipped fresh mint leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1. Press the cucumbers through a strainer to remove some of the water.
2. Combine with other ingredients and take to a picnic in a small covered dish.
Excerpted from Picnic, by DeeDee Stovel. Copyright (c) 2001 by Storey Communications, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Excerpted from Picnic, by DeeDee Stovel.