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Raita Cucumber-Yogurt Salad

Raita Cucumber-Yogurt Salad
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Yield: Serves 4 to 6.

A curry meal almost begs for the contrast of a cool refreshing dish. This raita serves that need nicely. Indian raitas are made of various main ingredients, bananas among them, but cucumber is by far the most frequently used.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled or unpeeled
  • 1 pint plain yogurt
  • Scant teaspoon ground cumin
  • Scant teaspoon ground coriander
  • Scant teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Scant teaspoon red pepper (used primarily for color; substitute thinly sliced fresh hot red peppers or finely chopped tomato if desired)
  • Fresh coriander (cilantro), for garnish

Instructions:

Early in the day, grate cucumbers and stir in yogurt, ground cumin, ground coriander, black pepper, cumin seed, salt, and red pepper. Mix well; let marinate in refrigerator for several hours. Garnish with chopped fresh coriander before serving.
Updated Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

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