We all love curd right? While some of us like it sweet, there are others who love it salty. And talk about variety in the salty version! From potato, onion, tomato, mixed, radish, boondi, cucumber, fruit, pomegranate, pineapple, mango to bottle gourd, mint coriander, and jeera raita – the list is endless.
The best part is, none of these are difficult to make – provided you have the right ingredients. And the addition of this dish enhances the appeal and flavour of your meal times.
Oh, that sumptuous bite of cool raita on a hot afternoon rejuvenates you inside out. Raita is also the best go-along with daal rice, paneer and naan, khichdi, or any other delicacy on the menu.
I will be sharing with you a simple cucumber raita recipe. You can follow the same recipe to make any variation of your choice – after changing the main ingredient.
Pre time - 15 minutes
Serves - 4-5
- Medium-sized cucumber - 1
- Curd - 500 g
- Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
- Ground & roasted cumin powder - 1 tsp
- Black salt - 1 tbsp
- Chaat masala - 1 ½ tsps
- Freshly chopped coriander
- Salt to taste
Cucumber raita easy recipe
- Pass the curd through a sieve. This will give a smooth texture to the curd.
- Grate cucumber. Add it to the curd.
- Add black salt, red chilli powder, and salt. Mix well.
- Now, sprinkle chaat masala, cumin powder, and fresh coriander over this.
Note - If you want to enhance the taste and look of your raita preparation, add raita masala to it. All you have to do is sprinkle the raita masala over the preparation. And voila, your raita is made better in a jiffy. You can even add this masala to dahi vada and some other preparations too.
If you want to make potato raita, just mash the potatoes with your hand and add, instead of cucumber.
For tomato raita, add tomato instead of cucumber. However a tempering of sarson and curry leaves on onion and tomato raita taste wonderful. You can try it.
Who needs an excuse to relish this healthy goodie? And I don't think I have to tell you the amazing health benefits of curd, do I? Ok at the cost of repetition, I will tell you the top 5 benefits of curd:
- Curd is probiotic – known to soothe inflammation of the digestive system and cure an upset stomach too.
- For healthy skin – curd helps to keep the skin moisturised and is great for dry skin.
- Enhances immunity – the elements in a serving of yogurt are known to keep disease-causing bacteria at bay – thus, helping in boosting immunity naturally.
- For stronger bones – there is about 275 mg of calcium in a 250 g serving of curd. It not only helps in maintaining good bone density but also strengthens the bones from within.
- Regulates blood pressure – consumption of low or no-fat curd helps in regulating blood pressure. This also leads to a healthy body.
So loyal are we to raita that our love for it exceeds the boundaries of home too. Why? Isn't a bowl of raita a mandatory part of everyone’s list of items when we go out for dinner or lunch? I bet it always is. Raita is an integral part of Indian cuisine.
Enjoy the luscious raita with a delicious preparation of homemade rajma rice and lose yourself in the mesmerising taste of this deadly combination.
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