Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Cucumber Raita

Raita is a condiment made with yogurt and usually includes a vegetable/fruit such as cucumber, spinach, tomato, pineapple, carrot, pumpkin, beet, onion, potato, etc. seasoned with salt and pepper. The main purpose of raita is to cool off the stomach after a rich, spicy meal. 

Cucumber raita is very simple to make, and has quite a few health benefits to it:

1. Yogurt, as we all know, is packed with all those friendly microbes that are so good for the stomach. In addition, you get calcium.

2. Cucumber, believe it or not, is packed with Vitamins B, C, and K, and is rich in Manganese and Potassium. It has anti-inflammatory properties and also improves memory and protects nerve cells from age related decline. Now that's a good deal! 

Yield: 2 cups


1. Cucumber- 1, grated or finely diced

2. Yogurt (of your choice)- 2 cups 

3. Green chili- 1 (finely chopped or slit lengthwise)

4. Salt to taste

5. Cumin powder- a pinch

6. Red chili powder- a pinch (optional)


This is super easy:

1. Mix up grated or finely diced cucumber with yogurt, and stir it well, so as to get a smooth consistency. 

2. Add salt to taste. Can also add a green chili chopped fine or slit lengthwise for some kick. 

3. Garnish with pinch of cumin powder and red chili powder, and fresh cilantro on top. 

Serve as a side, or just eat as it is. 

A cool as a cucumber (raita)!

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