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Easy Raita Recipe (Cucumber Raita)

Easy Raita Recipe Whip up our easy raita recipe in just minutes using spiced yogurt, cucumber, onions, and cilantro for a cooling and refreshing dip you’ll want to serve with everything like our Instant Pot Chicken Biryani. 

WHAT IS RAITA?

In the U.S. yogurt is eaten at breakfast time, along with ingredients like granola and fresh fruit. In comparison, raita is served as a savory condiment with almost every meal in many South Asian countries. It is most commonly served with biryani or pulao to calm the spicy flavors with the cooling nature of the raita.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Yogurt: Use full-fat plain yogurt or Dahi. You can use Greek yogurt, but it will alter the consistency.
  • Spices: Season our easy raita recipe with salt and ground cumin.
  • Cucumber: Any cucumber will do, so use what you have on hand. I prefer finely diced cucumbers, but some recipes call for them to be grated.
  • Red Onion: Onion is often left out of raita, but I love it! 
  • Cilantro: Brighten and flavor the dip with cilantro.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND VARIATIONS

  • Chaat Masala
  • Tomatoes
  • Mint
  • Thai or Serrano Peppers

HOW TO MAKE OUR EASY RAITA RECIPE 

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Combine yogurt, salt, and ground cumin in a small mixing bowl.

Finely dice the cilantro, cucumber, and onion; stir the ingredients into the yogurt.

PREPARATION TIPS

  • Use full-fat yogurt to prepare raita; low-fat yogurt causes the sauce to be runny.

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SERVING SUGGESTIONS 

WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS 

  • STORAGE – Store leftovers in an airtight container; raita will keep in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

What is raita called in English?

Raita is the name of the South Asian condiment most often served with biryani and pulao.

Can you eat raita by itself?

You can (because it’s THAT good), but it’s not common. Instead, serve the dip as a side or topping to any hearty dish like- curry, lamb chops, biryani, or roasted vegetables.

What type of yogurt should you use?

Unlike thicker Tzatziki sauce that uses Greek yogurt, the consistency of our easy raita recipe should be slightly runny and raita-like. For that reason, I recommend using plain, whole-milk yogurt or dahi.

Do I have to peel the cucumber skin?

It comes down to preference, but you can make it either way.

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Easy raita in a bowl with cucumbers garnish.

Easy Raita Recipe (Cucumber Raita)

Tressa Jamil
Whip up our easy raita recipe in just minutes using spiced yogurt, cucumber, onions, and cilantro for a cooling and refreshing dip you'll want to serve with everything
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dip
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 28 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup yogurt, full-fat
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin, ground, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cucumber, peeled and finely diced
  • ¼ red onion, finely diced

Instructions
 

  • Combine yogurt, salt, and ground cumin in a small mixing bowl.
  • Finely dice cilantro, cucumber, and onion; stir the ingredients into the yogurt.

Notes

Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.

Nutrition

Serving: 2 TablespoonsCalories: 28kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gSodium: 292mgSugar: 1g
Keyword Easy Raita Recipe
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