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.

15 comments

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago

Wow!

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Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ
Sonia M4 years ago

Yummy recipe.Thanks for sharing

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Ram Reddy
Care member4 years ago

Thank you

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Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec5 years ago

Thanks for sharing. will try it.

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Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

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Joy Wong
Joy W6 years ago

Thanks.

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Faith B.
Faith Billingham6 years ago

great article, thanks :)

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Prochi T.
Prochi T6 years ago

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

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Margaret K.
Margaret K6 years ago

I like a bit of garlic in mine.

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