Cucumber Raita

By DK on Apr 25, 2011
Indian Cucumber Raita Recipe (Yogurt sauce)
Ever since I was asked for a raita recipe, I have been trying to take photos of one. Its indeed astounding that I have not been posting them even though I make it at least 3-4 times a week. Yogurt is a must-have ingredient for us and I use them in so many ways - raita being one. I have tried so many different varieties of raita, each one marginally different from another but with subtle hint to unique flavors. I love cucumber raita - especially during the summer where the cucumber offers cooling effects to the body. I also love this with spicy and hot foods since the cucumber balances the heat and mellows down the spicyness of the food.
Indian Cucumber Raita Recipe (Yogurt sauce)
Me being a huge fan of Greek yogurt, I use them for making my raita. The amount of protein that it offers for minimal calories is massive. I also love the thickness and richness of the curd. There is no sourness to the yogurt and it has none of the artificial preservatives that I read in other fat free brands. Just natural live cultures so I use them for my raita which gives that perfect consistency to any variety of raita I make. For this type of raita, I add little grated and then chopped cucumbers. I grate it so that the taste of cucumber can mingle well with the yogurt but I need the chopped ones to offer me that crunchy bite. Why compromise with just one? So I do both. I mix the grated one first to let it mix well with the curd and then add some chopped ones. I also garnish it at the end with chopped ones to make it more palatable. Though I have mentioned only 1 cucumber - you can add more as per your taste buds call for :)
Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups thick plain Yogurt (make sure its not sour. I use fat free Greek yogurt for more protein)
  • 1 large cucumber (half grated and half chopped)
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp roasted cumin powder (I sometimes use ground cumin-coriander powder with good results)
  • few sprigs of cilantro
  • salt to taste ( try the black salt available in Indian stores. More authentic)
  • chilli powder/ground pepper for garnish (optional)
Method
1
Add the yogurt along with the spices in a bowl.
Indian Cucumber Raita Recipe (Yogurt sauce)
2
Beat well until it becomes smooth.
Indian Cucumber Raita Recipe (Yogurt sauce)
3
Add the grated cucumber and mix well.
Indian Cucumber Raita Recipe (Yogurt sauce)
4
Then add the chopped cucumber to the mix
Indian Cucumber Raita Recipe (Yogurt sauce)
5
along with cilantro
Indian Cucumber Raita Recipe (Yogurt sauce)
6
Give it a good mix.
Indian Cucumber Raita Recipe (Yogurt sauce)
Serve garnished with some chilli powder/roasted cumin powder to taste. I also add few additional chopped cucumber pieces as a garnish. Indian Cucumber Raita Recipe (Yogurt sauce)
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32 Responses to “Cucumber Raita”
  1. Amanda

    Re: How do you take the sour taste out of yogurt?
    I was surprised to read this question as well as the orginal recipe instruction “make sure its not sour” because for me, the more sour yogurt is, the better (more vigorous live cultures) it is, and just as important, I much prefer a strong sour taste to a limp barely there sour. So, I think as in all things, this is a matter of personal taste and “sour yogurt” is no worse nor no better than less sour yogurt. But, the above aside, thank you for some wonderful detailed preparation discussions and photography! :)

  2. Emma Keene

    I have been making cucumber raita for months and came across this site whilst looking for the origins. I usually make it with a little finely chopped onion and milled black peppercorn to taste. It brilliant served with raw carrots or celery as a snack or as a light lunch. :wink:

  3. Carla Cravens

    How do you make the yogurt not sour?

  4. Carla Cravens

    How do you take the sour taste out of yogurt?

    Add some milk. Adding some melted butter will also help to enhance the taste reducing the sourness. –DK

  5. Ananya

    Thank you for this recipe.. easy to prepare and great to taste. :)

  6. Lea

    Do you peel the cucumber?

  7. parijat

    tries it….n it was just awesome… :wink:

  8. Made this tonight and it was fab. Sprinkled a bit of Sumac on top Delicious! :-D

  9. Caro

    Looks great! But definitely going full fat 8)

  10. This is exactly what I was looking for. I’m making naan bread and lentil daal tonight based on a delish meal we had in Berkeley. Thank you!

  11. Grace

    Wow, I am so excited to make this very soon; your pics and not so complicated ingredients made it look very easy to make and very yummy too! Thank you!

  12. Jen

    I’m not very skilled in the kitchen, let alone with international cuisine, but I made this to go with madras lentils and pita and it was delicious! Thanks so much for this simple yet tasty recipe. (I’m also new to this site, but I plan on coming back for seconds and thirds and . . .)

  13. athisaya divya

    Havent ever thought of making raita with greek yogurt. i always have a tub sitting in my fridge and I use it to make Shrikhand.

  14. So simple yet so fantabulous – just like your Mint raita. I am gonna make for you-know-who. All your yogurt recipes ultimately end up in his tummy & I like it :lol:

    Hugs,
    Siri

  15. Lovely pics and very delicious raita! I am so happy to find out that I am preparing it the same way than you :wink:

  16. Sudha

    i make mine with some chopped up gherkins, some finely cut jalapenos along with cucumber and preferably greek yogurt. goes very well with rice dishes, or just some toasted pita bread!

  17. My most favourite raita,looks wonderful..

  18. sunita

    hi dk
    :lol: yummmmiiiieeeesss raita, i always prepare this for my lunch box its so soothing and relishing, reminded me about my lunch time will surely bring this everyday cheers :-P

  19. Rich and creamy raitha… Perfect for parathas…

  20. Cool cucumber raita on a hot day-YUM,I can eat it as a meal!I always make it with Biryani!

  21. The thought of goat milk puts me off from buying greek yogurt. I know its silly but we (I’m) are so used to consuming only cow’s milk, I find it difficult to accept goat’s milk, feta cheese etc. I will have to get over this one, especially my chiropractor says that goat’s milk is far superior to cow’s milk.

  22. The Raita looks so yummy!! Just perfect for Summer :)

  23. Cool and refreshing raita. My all time favourite.

    Vardhini
    VardhinisKitchen

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