Easy, Authentic Cucumber Raita
This is a recipe for an easy and authentic Cucumber Raita, a cool and refreshing yogurt salad that pairs perfectly with biryani, pulao, and many other Pakistani and Indian dishes.
authentic cucumber raita, cucumber raita
small Persian cucumber or half regular
onion (any kind)
fresh mint or cilantro leaves (or a combination of the two)
plain whole milk yogurt
depending on desired consistency
+ a pinch kosher salt
or to taste
cumin powder (roasted or regular)
or more to taste
red chili powder
use less if yours is spicy
black pepper powder
thai chili or serrano pepper
Whisk the yogurt, milk, salt, and spice powders in a medium bowl.
Stir in the vegetables and cilantro or mint, reserving some for garnish. Taste and adjust salt as needed.
Tightly cover or place in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with additional chopped cilantro or mint and serve. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.
*Peeled if desired (see notes within text).
**If the tomato has excess pulp, remove and reserve it for other use.