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Cucumber Raita Recipe

What's Cool, Creamy, and Dreamy? Cucumber Raita!

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.

Cucumber Raita

Cucumber Raita

Cucumber Raita Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  2. 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  3. Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  4. 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  6. 1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, and seeded
  7. Kosher salt, to taste

Directions

  1. 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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