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An authentic recipe for Raita- a creamy Indian yogurt sauce with cucumber, mint and cilantro. Cooling and refreshing, serve this with spicy Indian dishes to help cool the palate. Vegan-adaptable. With a Video. Plus 35+ Mouthwatering Indian Recipes to Make at Home!
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Here’s a very simple Indian sauce or condiment called Raita that pairs deliciously well with 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 allowed me to keep eating… ahaha! Like a cool breeze on the palate. 😉
How to Make Raita! | 45-second video
- Plain yogurt – use a thick yogurt for a thicker, richer consistency.
- Fresh cucumber- use thinned skin cucumbers like English, Turkish or Persian and leave the skin on. Or feel free to peel waxy cucumbers. Scrape out the seeds!
- Onion– or sub-green onions or chives.
- Fresh herbs- mint, cilantro, or chives.
- Salt and spices– cumin & coriander
- Fresh Chilies– optional, but add a nice heat!
- Olive oil– I love adding a little olive oil for extra richness, this is not traditional, but it is tasty!
How to Make Raita (in 3 easy Steps)
- Prep the ingredients (cut the onion, cucumber & herbs) and place in a bowl with the yogurt and spices.
- Stir until combined.
- Garnish with fresh herbs or chive blossoms!
- Riata will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
What to serve with RaitA?
Raita is very cooling to the palate, therefore, it’s perfect served alongside many spicy Indian dishes. We also love it paired with:
- Naan Bread
- Grilled Tandoori Chicken
- Quick Chickpea Biryani
- Sheet Pan Tandoori Bake
- Indian Butter Chicken,
- Basmati Rice
Enjoy the raita and please let us know what you think in the comments below!
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An authentic recipe for Raita- a creamy Indian yogurt sauce with cucumber, mint and cilantro. Cooling and refreshing, serve this with spicy Indian dishes to help cool the palate.
- 3/4 cup plain yogurt (whole milk is best, or sub vegan coconut yogurt)
- 1/2 cup cucumber, finely diced or grated
- 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
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- 2–3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped
- 2–3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir.
- Garnish with fresh herbs.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Raita will keep 4-5 days in the fridge.
- Serving Size: 3 tablespoons
- Calories: 43
- Sugar: 3.8 g
- Sodium: 85.9 mg
- Fat: 2.6 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 4.9 g
- Fiber: 0.3 g
- Protein: 0.9 g
- Cholesterol: 3 mg
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