Cool, creamy, and refreshing, cucumber raita is just the ticket for cooling down from scorching heat of both types: atmospheric and chile pepper spiked. Not surprising if you consider its birthplace (India), where weather is often balmy, with food spiced to match. While generally considered a condiment — try a dollop of it with biryani, seekh kebabs, tandoori chicken, basically anything Indian or Pakistani — it's also a solid side dish on its own accord, and a soothing snack when served with naan, pita, or other flatbreads. So what are you waiting for? Get the fast and easy recipe.
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, and seeded
Kosher salt, to taste
- In a medium bowl, whisk the yogurt, cilantro, lemon zest, juice, and cumin to blend. Using the fine holes of a box grater, grate the cucumber into yogurt mixture. Stir to blend and season to taste with salt.
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- About 1 1/2 cups raita