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
- 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.
- Use full-fat yogurt to prepare raita; low-fat yogurt causes the sauce to be runny.
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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
Raita is the name of the South Asian condiment most often served with biryani and pulao.
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.
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.
It comes down to preference, but you can make it either way.
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Easy Raita Recipe (Cucumber Raita)
- 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
- Combine yogurt, salt, and ground cumin in a small mixing bowl.
- Finely dice cilantro, cucumber, and onion; stir the ingredients into the yogurt.
- The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.