Raita actually means 'salad'.

This recipe should be tucked away to bring out with those spicy meals (Indian or not) as it really acts as a cooling agent and is good for digestion. It is good quite simply on its own.

So...here tis...

  • 1 cup plain yougurt (natural is best...don't use vanilla flavoured)
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped or grated
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 chopped hot green chili pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • squeeze of fresh lemon
Combine all ingredients and stir thoroughly. Garnish with coriander leaves.
You may add other fresh veggies like tomatoes, onion or radish.


  1. I don't have all these ingredients..I have to go shopping first.

  2. Raita can also be made with just sweet onions and mustard seed. This is how I ate it in Southern India. You can also add grated carrots to the recipe you added above.