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4.91 from 10 votes

Easy Homemade Raita

This simple raita recipe for the classic Indian yogurt sauce is the perfect complement to starters, street food and curries. Refreshing and cooling with mint and cucumber, it can be mixed up in minutes. Perfect for balancing the hottest Indian dishes.
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 cup natural yogurt - 240b, full fat
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint
  • pinch salt

Optional

  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaf - cilantro
  • ½ hot green chilli - finely chopped

Instructions

  • Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon and discard. If you want to, you can also peel the cucumber.
  • Grate the cucumber.
  • Give the grated cucumber a gentle squeeze, either in your hands, or by wrapping in a muslin cloth.
  • Strip the mint leaves from the stalks, reserving a few for garnish, and finely chop.
  • Mix the grated cucumber, mint, yogurt and salt together. Allow to stand for at least 20 minutes, 2–3 hours if possible.
  • Stir, garnish with the reserved mint leaves and serve at room temperature.

Notes

  • Make the raita at least 20 minutes (ideally 2–3 hours) in advance if you can. It will keep covered in the fridge for 2–3 days. Give it a good stir before serving, as the salt will draw more liquid from the cucumber. 
  • I do not recommend freezing. Both the cucumber and yogurt will lose all their texture, and split. Instead, use leftover cucumber raita as a dip with flat breads or as a dressing on a herb salad.
  • Vary the herbs. With a rich, complex curry, I like a simple side dish. The mix of yogurt, cucumber and mint is usually enough for my taste buds, but I also like swapping the mint for fresh coriander (cilantro leaves).
  • Add a touch of spice. A pinch of cumin is a popular addition. I like to use cumin seeds, lightly toasted in a mini frying pan and freshly ground. Of course, ground cumin from a jar is also fine. 
Nutritional Information 
  • This recipe is 2 Weight Watchers Smart Points per portion
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg