Cucumber Raita

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Cucumber Raita myfavouritepastime.com_1506I made a very simple cucumber raita, a few days ago. I have been making it for years. There are very many versions of this recipe, but I prefer the simplest one, with three ingredients, cumin, yoghurt and cucumber. Sometimes cumin can be roasted with black mustard seeds. Besides cumin, you can add coriander, mint or cayenne pepper or other herbs and spices, suitable to your palate. To enrich the flavour, ginger, garlic or green chilli paste, can be added. Other than cucumber, other veggies, like tomatoes, spinach, beet, carrot, pumpkin or potato, can be used, or even fruits like bananas, mango, guava and pineapple.

Cucumber Raita myfavouritepastime.com_1509I kept on imagining today was Friday. But now I’m happy at least I have a three-day weekend. What a relief. I wish you a fabulous weekend.

  • Ingredients
  •  1 English cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 125g (½ cup) thick natural yoghurt
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika to garnish

Cucumber Raita myfavouritepastime.com_0667Please always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start

Cucumber Raita myfavouritepastime.com_1504Whisk the yoghurt until smooth. Stir in cumin and salt. Reserve a few slices of cucumber for the garnish and add the rest to the yoghurt and mix well.

Cucumber Raita myfavouritepastime.com_1506Serve the raita, arrange reserved cucumber on top and sprinkle the paprika evenly.

Cucumber Raita myfavouritepastime.com_1508If you love freshly roasted and ground cumin seeds, you’ll love this

Cucumber Raita

Preparation Time: 15 minutes; Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 125g (½ cup) thick natural yoghurt
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika to garnish

Instructions

  1. Peel the cucumber, cut lengthwise into two and slice finely.
  2. Heat a small pan over low heat and dry roast the cumin seeds until they turn a shade darker. Allow the seeds to cool, and then crush them with a rolling pin or pestle and mortar.
  3. Whisk the yoghurt until smooth. Stir in cumin and salt. Reserve a few slices of cucumber for the garnish and add the rest to the yoghurt and mix well.
  4. Serve the raita, arrange reserved cucumber on top and sprinkle the paprika evenly.

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

26 thoughts

  1. I often make cucumber raita – one of these effortless dishes that make a plate looks special. I usually add a pinch of coriander powder and some fresh mint. Love the idea of cumin seeds and paprika. I am certainly going to give it a try.

    1. Hi Afra
      Fresh mint is certainly a great addition. It’s so very refreshing. Freshly ground cumin is excellent too! Have a lovely day!
      Liz

    1. Oh yes you can make raita with any fruit or veggie. I think yoghurt can go with everything, My weekend was super nice. I hope the week has been good for you! My best wishes to your wife!
      Liz

  2. Well, how easy is that and it looks fantastic! I’ve made it before with sour cream and lemon but I will certainly try yogurt. Maybe even tonight. The yogurt here is so rich and creamy! I’m sure I have grown in height for sure!!! Grin! Hope you are having a wonderful Easter weekend! It’s very hot dry and windy here! Happy Easter Liz!

    1. Hi Sandy,
      At least it’s hot and dry. Soon summer will be here and you’ll be receiving your second dose of heat. I love rich and creamy yoghurt. it’s always such a pleasure to drink. I hope you made the raita. I love it because i can make it in minutes and I always have a cucumber in the fridge. Enjoy your holiday and best wishes to your family and friends!
      Liz

  3. Simple and delicious! We’ve made something similar for years, however we’ve always used sour cream with a splash of white vinegar. Love your version using yogurt!

    1. Hi Judie,
      Cumin is one os my favourite spices. I use it in rice, beef, salad…I think you can add it to everything. It’s a great spice with a strong smell and flavour too! Virtual hugs to you!
      Liz

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