A simple authentic Raita Recipe- an Indian yogurt sauce with cucumber, mint and cilantro. Cooling and refreshing, serve this with spicy Indian dishes to help cool the palate.
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Here’s a very simple Indian sauce called Raita (pronounced right-a) that pairs deliciously well with grilled or spicy Indian dishes to help refresh and cool the palate. It comes together in about 5-10 minutes – very quick and easy!
I know many of you won’t need the recipe, the experienced cooks out there can probably make this in your sleep! But thought I share this Raita recipe with the new chefs out there, or those of you who are new to Indian cooking. It’s a basic Indian staple that I find often comes in handy and can be paired with many dishes! Another easy sauce to add to your growing repertoire.
Raita was the one condiment I was so thankful for in India, to help balance out all the incredible heat and spice! It allow me to keep eating…ahaha! Like a cool breeze on the palate. 😉
This version of Raita is made with plain yogurt, cucumber and fresh mint and cilantro. There are many variations in India and many other kinds of Raita, not just Cucumber Raita, but here is a basic recipe that most are familiar with.
Hope you enjoy!
Raita Recipe- an Indian yogurt sauce with cucumber, mint and cilantro. Cooling and refreshing, serve this with spicy Indian dishes to cool the palate.
- Prep Time: 15
- Total Time: 15
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: sauce, condiment
- Method: Stirred
- Cuisine: Indian
- ¾ cup whole milk plain yogurt
- ½ cup finely diced or grated cucumber ( removed seeds first)
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion ( optional, sub chives or green onion)
- 2 teaspoons lemon or lime juice, more to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted, crushed ( or use ground)
- ½ teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted, crushed ( or use ground)
- 2–3 tablespoons chopped mint
- 2–3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- ¼ teaspoon salt, more to taste
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- for heat, add 1-2 teaspoons finely minced serrano peppers- optional
- garnish with fresh herbs, chive blossoms or chili flakes
Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
If you like ginger, feel free to add 1/2 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger.
Using toasted whole seeds ( cumin and coriander) really elevates this!
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