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Cucumber-Cilantro Raita (Yogurt)

Rated as 4.7 out of 5 Stars

"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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20 m servings 15
Original recipe yields 24 servings (3 cups)


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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.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 15 calories; 0.3 1.9 1.2 1 112 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

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

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

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

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...

perfect without the chile!

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!

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. Al...

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.

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 s...

This was OK, but a little bland. I'd make it again, but would probably add some mustard seed or something with a little zing.

This is very good -- I adapted it to what I had on hand. I used Greek yogurt, Persian cucumbers, and a half a bunch of cilantro, and insead of chiles, I used about a half cup of chipotle salsa t...