Cucumber-Cilantro Raita (Yogurt) Recipe -
Cucumber-Cilantro Raita (Yogurt) Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Cucumber-Cilantro Raita (Yogurt)

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"Quick and tasty Indian yogurt side dish that can help cool down any spicy meal. You can also add other veggies like onion, tomatoes, or bell peppers. I ate this almost every day growing up. The leftover cucumber seeds also taste great marinated in a little lemon juice with salt and pepper!"

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  1. Stir the yogurt, cucumber, chile pepper, cilantro, and salt together in a bowl until evenly mixed. Set aside in refrigerator to allow the flavors to mix for 10 minutes before serving cold.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 02, 2010

Good! A nice balance of flavours. Second time round I added 1 clove of very finely diced garlic, which I thought worked well.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 02, 2010

Personally I think this would be better pureed and served as a dipping sauce.


22 Ratings

May 10, 2011

perfect without the chile!

Jul 13, 2010

This rendition of raita is perfect. I didn't change a thing. I thought the salt would be too much, but it was just perfect.

Jun 11, 2010

I have an Indian friend who used to cook lunch for me and I love her food! I really loved her yogurt Raita. This recipe is so good! Just like hers. The only thing I did differently is I added tomatoes to it because she always does. Yummy, so refreshing!

Feb 02, 2011

Fantastic - made with Athenos strained Greek-style yogurt (extra thick and rich even though it's fat free), added tomato and purple onion - truly wonderful! Thanks so much!

Jan 12, 2011

Very good recipe! Tastes very similar to what we get at our favorite Indian Restaurant in Los Angeles. Some changes: I didn't add the chile pepper, since I would like to keep the yogurt mild. Also, I didn't seed and dice the cucumber, I just used a grater to julienne it and stopped to the point where I would reach the seeds.

Feb 18, 2011

i loved this! i love the flavor of cilantro, but sometimes find it overpowering. it's definitely not overpowering in this, but the flavor comes through - it's a perfect ratio. i found it a bit salty, but i think i'm on the low end of salt tolerance, so i think it's just the right amount of salt for most people.


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  • Calories
  • 15 kcal
  • < 1%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.9 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 112 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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