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Cucumber Raita

Cucumber Raita

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.

Cucumber Raita

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.

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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.

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Picnic: 125 Recipes with 29 Seasonal Menus

Picnics are fun, casual, and somehow the food just tastes better in a beautiful outdoor setting. In PICNIC, DeeDee Stovel offers 28 picnic event ideas with more than 125 recipes - packable repasts from an informal Berry Picking Picnic to an elegant Music Festival Picnic. Although PICNIC includes all of the traditional fare, the recipes for the soups, entrées, salads, and desserts are all a cut above the now


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6:20AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013


2:47PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Yummy recipe.Thanks for sharing

3:14AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thank you

5:35PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

3:49PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

Thanks for sharing. will try it.

1:28AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Thank you

6:19AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011


3:47PM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

great article, thanks :)

11:34AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Raita, a wonderful dish with the food as Annie suggests. Also very good with biryani(meat cooked and mixed with rice).

11:33AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

I like a bit of garlic in mine.

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