Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Cucumber Raita

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I eat a lot of spicy food.  The trick to eating spicy food sometimes is having dishes to offset some of the spices.  A cooling salad like a cucumber raita does just that... it cools the palate. I served this raita with my New Year Hoppin John Lucky Rice.


Ingredients:
1 English Cucumbers washed well and thinly sliced (see note)
1 small red onion sliced thinly
1-2 Tbs fresh mint mince
1 green chili seeded and minced (optional)
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt  (see note)
salt and black pepper to taste
pinch sugar to taste

Directions:
Prepare cucumber, onion, mint and green chili.  Mix all seasoning with Greek yogurt and then mix with salad ingredients.  Chill and serve.  Enjoy.

Note: If you do not use an English cucumber, peel and seed a regular cucumber.  Then salt to taste and allow to sit. Drain any water that is released from the cucumber.  English cucumbers have a thin skin and do not retain as much excess water.

Note: If you do not have Greek yogurt, substitute regular plain yogurt.  If you want the thicker consistency of Greek Yogurt, place a small paper towel in a mesh strainer and allow yogurt to sit and drain excess liquid.




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8 comments:

  1. I really enjoy cold salads like this one....You are right this is perfect to serve alongside spicy foods, Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Nice! Definitely a wonderful side :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  3. Cucumber raita is undoubtedly the best accompaniment to hot and spicy food and soothing the palate. Love your gorgeous shots :D

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  4. That's lovely...I am often at a loss as to what to do with cucumbers, besides just eat them!!

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  5. I will remember this the next time I bring out all the spices I got for Christmas!

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  6. I wish I had your recipe last time I made raita...you've made it beautifully! Hope you're having great weekend, my friend.

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  7. This looks so refreshing...will do this soon!

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  8. I love to eat huge helpings of this at Indian restaurants. Delish!

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