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.

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.


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago


Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Yummy recipe.Thanks for sharing

Ram Reddy
Care member3 years ago

Thank you

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec4 years ago

Thanks for sharing. will try it.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Joy Wong
Joy Wong5 years ago


Faith B.
Faith Billingham5 years ago

great article, thanks :)

Prochi T.
Prochi T.5 years ago

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

Margaret K.
Margaret K.5 years ago

I like a bit of garlic in mine.