Cucumber Raita- Cucumber Yogurt Dip

Cucumber Raita is a variation of a popular Indian yogurt dip called Raita.  It can be used as a dip with Pita bread/Chips or as an accompaniment to popular Indian main dishes like Biryani, Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Chicken etc., as well as everyday Indian food.

Cucumber Raita is made by mixing together freshly chopped cucumber (without seeds), cilantro and/or mint, yogurt, salt, an Indian spice blend called Chaat Masala and roasted ground cumin.  Chaat masala is a spice blend that adds a zing, which compliments the cool yogurt.  Roasted cumin on the other hand, adds a wonderful earthiness and a sweet aroma to the dip.  That’s all there is to it.

Depending on the tanginess of the yogurt, one can add a pinch of sugar too.  Sometimes I add a pinch of cayenne or paprika to it to give it a kick.  I like using Pickling cucumbers or Persian cucumbers for this recipe because of two reasons.  They are almost seedless, so I don’t have to remove the seeds, nor do I have to peel them.  Also, they are typically more crunchy in taste, which adds a great contrast to the creaminess of the yogurt.

Yogurt is a staple in daily diets of many Indians, either in the form of a buttermilk, a variation of Raita, or plain old yogurt!  It balances the heat and warmth of the Indian spices and in summer months, helps deal with the heat.  In Punjabi cuisine, plain yogurt is an integral part of a traditional breakfast of stuffed whole-wheat flatbreads- Paranthas.

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Kids Love Cucumber Raita

Cucumber Raita always brings back sweet memories for me.  When I was a kid, whenever my family would go out to dine at an Indian restaurant, my parents would order a variety of meat and vegetarian dishes, and, Cucumber Raita & Naan for my sister, who was a toddler then.  She lived on that combo for a long time.  So much so, that most of our frequently visited restaurants would know that no matter what we ordered, it had to come with a Cucumber Raita and Naan combo for my sister!   Now when I see both my children equally fond of that combo, I feel life has come a full circle…. and that they both inherited her picky genes :-).

Putting Together Cucumber Raita

Here’s how easy it is to put this dip together:

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Raita Pairs Well with Biryani

Cucumber raita pairs well with most Indian dishes and curries.   But in particular, biryani (rice cooked with chicken or meat or vegetables) is nearly always served with raita.   Here are some of my biryani recipes:

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Instant Pot Lamb Dum Biryani

Quionoa vegetable biryani. A healthy twist to your everyday vegetarian biryani by Spice Cravings. Quinoa Vegetable Biryani/Pilaf is my healthy twist on a popular Indian classic, Vegetable Biryani! I replace rice with Quinoa in this recipe. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian
Instant Pot Quinoa Vegetable Biryani

Instant pot Chicken Biryani by Spice Cravings. Chicken Biryani in Instant Pot is a delicious and easy recipe, in which basmati rice is steam-cooked with chicken marinated in yogurt & warm Indian spices. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian
Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

Achaari Paneer Biryani- combining two popular dishes, Achaari Paneer and Biryani in one pot by Spice Cravings. Achaari paneer biryani combines paneer cubes (Indian cottage cheese), cooked with pickling spices, with biryani, which is rice cooked with Indian spices. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian
Achaari Paneer Biryani

Chana Masala Biryani
Chana Masala Biryani

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Cucumber Raita | Cucumber Yogurt Dip
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Cucumber Raita is a variation of a popular Indian yogurt dip called Raita, made by adding finely chopped cucumber and chaat masala spice mix.  It can be used as a dip with Pita bread & Chips or as an accompaniment to popular Indian main dishes like Biryani, Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Chicken etc., as well as everyday Indian food.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 81 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups plain yogurt use Greek yogurt for a thicker consistency
  • 1 cup cucumber finely chopped. I use Persian or Pickling cucumbers
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chaat Masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon Roasted Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoon chopped cilantro & mint
Instructions
  1. Prepare the cucumbers: if using regular cucumbers, peel and cut them in half. Using a teaspoon, remove the seeds from the core and chop it fine. If using English, Persian or Pickling cucumbers, chop them fine.

    Cucumber Yoghurt Dip / Cucumber Raita
  2. Assemble all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix with a spatula. Garnish with mint. Serve as a side accompaniment to Indian entrees or as a dip for Pita chips.
    Cucumber Yoghurt Dip / Cucumber Raita
Recipe Notes

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Cucumber Raita | Cucumber Yogurt Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 81 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 348mg 15%
Potassium 235mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 6g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 3.3%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 15.3%
Iron 1.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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