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Cucumber Raita Recipe with Mint (Vegetarian)

Updated on August 15, 2012
Cucumber Raita with Mint
Cucumber Raita with Mint

What is Raita?

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Raita is an Indian dish often served as a dip, condiment or a salad. It is mostly based of yogurt and can be mixed with a variety of vegetables, spices, herbs and even fruit. It is a great addition to any Indian spicy meal since the yogurt is great at cooling off people's mouths. A raita is also a nice dish for vegetarian guest who may not want to eat meat, but are willing to eat dairy products. A raita is a tasty addition to any meal and can be made in a just a few minutes.

Naan Bread and Papadums
Naan Bread and Papadums

How To Serve a Raita

The most common method of serving a raita is to serve it as a dip or a condiment. If you choose to serve as a condiment you can place a dish on the table for your guest or family to help themselves. If you choose to serve as a dip I recommend you serve it with naan bread or papadums. Naan bread or papadums would be the most traditional way to serve your raita, but if you can't find these products in your local grocery store they can be replaced with basic Pita bread, or some type of thin cracker.

Serving with Naan Bread: Naan bread can be made at home or bought at the store. I have managed to find naan Bread at a few large stores like Meijer and Target Super Stores. If bought from the store naan bread should be heated in a 400 degree oven for 6-8 minutes. Naan bread is served best warm.

Serving with Papadums: It might be difficult to find Papadums unless you have a middle eastern grocery store in your area. Papadums are a fun way to serve your raita, and your guest will love trying something new. These should be microwaved for about 30 seconds each. As they are microwaved they will begin to bubble up. Your guest can break the large cracker up and dip the pieces into your raita.

Serving with Pita Bread: Most grocery stores will carry pita bread, so if you are unable to find naan bread or papadums this is a great alternative. I suggest you serve the pita bread warm and cut into manageable triangles for your guest.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: 1 1/5 Cups

Ingredients

  • 6-8 Medium Mint Leaves
  • 1 Cup of Plain Yogurt, (low fat)
  • 4 inches of a Cucumber
  • 1/2 tsp of Cumin
  • 1 Pinch of Cayenne Pepper, (Optional)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Cucumber Raita Recipe with Mint

  1. Roll your mint into a tight ball and begin to chop into small pieces. Try to mince your mint as small as possible.
  2. Dice the cucumber into small pieces. Try to not lose too much of the cucumber juice since it adds a nice flavor to the raita.
  3. Take a medium sized bowl and add the yogurt, mint, cumin, cayenne (optional) and cucumber. Now stir till everything is nicely mixed.
  4. Add salt and pepper to your taste and stir again. I am usually fairly heavy handed with salt when making a raita. Taste the raita to make sure you are happy with the flavor. This is a good point to make any adjustments to the flavor if you choose to do so.
  5. Garnish with a few pieces of cucumber and a small amount of cumin or cayenne.
  6. This dish can be served immediately, but I find it taste better the next day. You can store the raita dip in the refrigerator covered.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/4 Cup
Calories 33
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Carbohydrates 4 g1%
Sugar 4 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 3 g6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Raita Variations

Once you have mastered the basic cucumber and mint raita you may want to explore other types of raita. Raita is one of those dips you can really play around with. I suggest that you try different types of yogurt and adding different types of herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables. Below are a few suggestions

Vegetables
Herbs
Spice
Fruit
Tomato
Mint
Mustard Seed
Pineapple
Carrot
Celanto (Coriander)
Cumin
Mango
Spinach
 
Cayeen Pepper
Apple
Onion
 
 
Grape
Potato
 
 
 

All raita's are basically made the same. The yogurt is always the main ingredient and various other ingrediants can then be added to make different variations of a Raita. I encourage you to play around with the different types of raita and see which one your family enjoys most.

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Ingredients -- Yogurt, Cucumber, Fresh Mint, Cumin and Cayenne Pepper  -- Salt and Pepper to tasteMince your Mint and Dice your CucumberCombine all the ingredientsEnjoy my favorite recipe for Cucumber Raita with Mint
Ingredients -- Yogurt, Cucumber, Fresh Mint, Cumin and Cayenne Pepper  -- Salt and Pepper to taste
Ingredients -- Yogurt, Cucumber, Fresh Mint, Cumin and Cayenne Pepper -- Salt and Pepper to taste
Mince your Mint and Dice your Cucumber
Mince your Mint and Dice your Cucumber
Combine all the ingredients
Combine all the ingredients
Enjoy my favorite recipe for Cucumber Raita with Mint
Enjoy my favorite recipe for Cucumber Raita with Mint

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    • ChaplinSpeaks profile image

      Sarah Johnson 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Beautiful pictures and a wonderful recipe! I like how you can add flavors to the dip and mix it up. Thanks for sharing, and I will be trying it soon.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Kevin,

      Your recipe sounds wonderful. Your photographs and the formatting of your Hub are superb. Fantastic job!

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      Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Your photo and dip recipe reminded me of the Greek cucumber sauce that I love to dunk my pita bread in that is called Tzatziki. I will have to try out your Cucumber Raita with the Mint. It looks delicious!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      I have never had raita but your pictures look so beautiful that I definitely want to try it out. I like all the different variations that you can add to this recipe. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      This sounds like a wonderful low calorie snack! I've never had a raita before but I have had Naan bread. Bookmarking this, it looks great! Take care, Kelley

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      Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kevin, beautiful layout. My son usually has an over abundance of cucumbers every summer. I now have a new recipe to try them with!

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      Saadia A 4 years ago

      In warm days of summer,the raita is one of the best choices to eat. Simple and very easy to make recipe.Thanks for sharing!!!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A well-written hub with attractive pictures on one of my favorite condiments - cucumber raita. I often eat mutton biryani(lamb and saffron rice dish)and pepper chicken curry mixed with plain rice with this yummy condiment. I totally agree with you that the raita stored overnight taste much better! Well-done! Awesome and Interesting. Thanks for SHARING. Socially Shared.

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      Anna 4 years ago from New York, NY

      I've never heard of raita but have a feeling it will become a popular dish at my kitchen table since my boyfriend and I only cook vegetarian. Thanks for sharing and I love your pics!

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      alyessamoore 4 years ago from Miami

      Cucumber Raita is good for health really to reduce fat in body..

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      Sounds delicious! I enjoy tzatziki dip and I really love that so I'm sure this would be a nice variation. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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      Kevin Galarneau 4 years ago from Michigan

      Cardelean I have never had tzatziki dip, but I enjoy raita so I'll have to give tzatziki a try. Cathleena Beams also mentioned tzatziki so it must be really similar. Can you buy it at the store or should I try to find a good recipe?

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Huh! I had no idea there was cumin in raita. Thanks so much for these recipes -- Indian food is my absolute favorite, and now I have no excuse not to try making it at home.

      You know, grape, cucumber and cilantro with the yogurt sounds divine!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Ooooohmygoodness, this is delicious, and I love the photos and layout of this Hub! Thanks for introducing me to raita!

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      Homemade is *always* best but you can find it most higher end produce type stores. There are several places you can find it on this side of the state but I'm not sure about your side. It's pretty much Greek yogurt, cucumbers, garlic and lemon juice.

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      Kevin Galarneau 4 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Simone, I'm glad I could introduce raita to you. Thanks cardelean for the info on tzatziki dip, I'l have to keep an eye out for it

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      snigdha.s 4 years ago from India,mumbai

      Loved this hub. I add tomato and onion pieces sometimes. It adds to the taste. Never added mint. Will try next time

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      rbm 4 years ago

      Looks delicious! I definitely have to try this. The cucumbers from our garden just got ripe, so perfect timing. Great hub, thanks!

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