Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Cucumber Raita

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.

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

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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  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.

  2. Nice! Definitely a wonderful side :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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

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

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

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

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

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


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