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Friday, April 2, 2010

~ COOL CUCUMBER RAITA ~


Cooool cucumber, two words that say it all about the cooling effects of cucumber .. perfect Summer Raita when you want to beat the heat out of your system ... absolutely love it ...

RECIPE SERVES 2-3

1 cup grated Cucumber ( grate in a bowl, press with a spoon, remove as much water out as you can & discard. If you mix the cucumber water in the raita, it leads to upset stomach, so make sure you are right on the 1st step itself )

Also make sure you taste the grated cucumber - sometimes even fresh cucumber is bitter & it can ruin the whole raita, so also do this check before mixing in Yogurt.

1.5 cups Cold Yogurt (dahi)

1-2 teaspoons Salt (to taste)

1/4 teaspoon powdered rai (mustard seeds) (Take 1/4 cup rai, add a pinch of salt & grind it in a small mixer cup - store this powder to add to raitas )

For spicy Raita - add 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped green chillies or 1/4 teaspoon green chilli paste

For sweet Raita - you can add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar to make it sweet

1/4 cup fresh cut Cilantro (dhania) for garnish, sprig of mint for garnish

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In a big bowl, add the grated cucumber (after cucumber water is removed)

Add 1.5 cups Cold Yogurt, 1-2 teaspoons salt (to taste), 1/4 teaspoon powdered rai, 1/4 cup fresh cilantro

For spicy Raita - add 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped green chillies or 1/4 teaspoon green chilli paste

For sweet Raita - you can add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar to make it sweet

Mix well ... Garnish with a sprig of mint, Serve with any Indian meal as a sidedish ...

Prepare & enjoy !!!

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