Hubby’s Raita

Indian food can be spicy.  That’s putting it mildly. Spice is what gives Indian food it’s excitement. Almost every Indian food fan I meet shares my love of a great buffet of spicy and colorful food selections.  Once the meal is over however, those spices and flavors can linger on your tongue, so it’s important to have something on hand that can cleanse away that stubborn heat.  To avoid always resorting to sweets, Hubby and I like to keep a yogurt based dish on hand, which immediately cools and refreshes.   This dish is known as Raita and is often an accompaniment to meals.

I should preface our recipe by telling you that there are gazillions of raita recipes.  This recipe is Hubby’s favorite. It’s a little on the spicy side, with the use of raw onions and a dash of red chili pepper, but you could leave those out if you wish for something spice-free.

HUBBY’S RAITA RECIPE

Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

1/2  cucumber, peeled and finely chopped

1/2  onion, finely chopped

 1/4  cup chopped cilantro

1  teaspoon Chunky Chat Masala * available at Indian Grocery Stores

1/8  teaspoon red chili powder

2  cups plain yogurt (we like the Mountain High brand)

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  In a bowl, mix the chopped cucumber, onion and cilantro.  Add 1 teaspoon of  Chunky Chat Masala, 1/8 teaspoon red chili powder and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt.  Stir together.

2.  Add 2 cups of thick, plain yogurt (we love the Mountain High Yoghurt brand) and stir until all ingredients are well mixed.

4 Comments

  1. 2-23-2013

    OOooh I love raita!! And hi Kulwant :) I’ve got to go get some chat masala and make this soon. I don’t like cilantro, is there another herb or spice that will work well in its replacement?

    • 2-23-2013

      Hey Emily! I checked with Kulwant about cilantro replacement. He says you can leave out the cilantro and the raita will still taste great. He doesn’t know of any replacement to cilantro. You can also add finely chopped tomatoes to the raita. He doesn’t like tomatoes so he conveniently leaves it out. :)

      • 4-3-2013

        I’ve seen recipes that use mint in place of cilantro or call for both.

        I’ve never used onions or chili powder but I have used toasted cumin.

        • 4-3-2013

          A toasted cumin and mint raita sounds great.

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