Indian food is incomplete without a raita, raita is made of yoghurt and you can make endless variations to a raita. Cucumber raita is very cooling and goes perfectly with meat dishes or even vegetarian dishes, however me and my Mom can eat it with anything even with plain white rice or roti. And my husband can find a excuse to finish it and can eat it just on its own.That said, I still recommend you eat this with some protein and dont get carried away by its taste.
So heres the super easy super tasty cucumber raita,
You will need
1 cucumber grated
1 and a 1/2 cup yoghurt
salt to taste
and for Tadka/ Tempering ( this is optional and will taste great even with or without it )
oil ( you could use olive oil, I used sunflower oil )
1/2 tsp. mustard seeds ( or cumin seeds)
curry leaves 3 to 4
split green chilly, seeds removed ( optional)
Peel and grate the cucumber ( I use the food processor grater , super easy) , transfer it to the bowl ( I use a single bowl to make it and serve it, saves washing up time ;)) mix in the yoghurt and add salt to taste .
In a small pan drizzle some oil ( about a tsp.) once the oil is heated up add the mustard seeds, lower the heat or turn it off and add the curry leaves and split chilly(optional). transfer this to your cucumber and yoghurt mixture and there it is Cucumber Raita, ready in 5 minutes.
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