Raita

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Raita is a traditional Indian condiment made with yogurt, cucumbers, onions, and spices. Serve it with your favorite Indian dish to balance the heat!

A bowl of raita next to a bowl of chicken tikka masala and rice.
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  1. Ingredients in Raita
  2. What is Raita?
  3. Variations to this Raita Recipe
  4. Recipe Tip
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. More Indian-Inspired Recipes
  7. How to Make Raita
  8. How to Make Raita Recipe

I was first introduced to Indian cuisine by my dear friend Meena. She is from India and when we first became friends she invited us over for dinner. She cooked the most amazing Indian dishes for us! I loved all the flavors, but since we are not used to eating a lot of spicy foods (some people in our family think ketchup is spicy), our mouths were on fire! Luckily, Meena also makes amazing Raita and she told us that you can use the cold, creamy sauce to cool things down a bit. Now, we eat enough Indian meals that we have developed more of a tolerance to spice, but we still like to order a side of this delicious sauce anytime we go out or make Indian recipes at home.

Ingredients in Raita

  • To make this Raita recipe, you start with a base of curd or plain yogurt. You can use Greek yogurt and I have seen some recipes with sour cream, but for our recipe we use just plain regular yogurt.
  • Then you add the cucumber and onion. I like to peel and seed the cucumber. You can also grate cucumber, but make sure to squeeze the moisture out with paper towels or a dish towel. I like to use red onion, but you can use white as well. I have seen some recipes with carrots too.
  • Lastly, you add the fresh herbs and spices. Cilantro is a must! It adds so much freshness. We also add ground coriander.
Raita ingredients in a bowl.


What is Raita?

Basically, Raita is a classic Indian condiment that cools down extra spicy dishes and tastes delicious on just about everything! The sweet, slightly salty flavors pair beautifully with veggies, flatbread, curries and more.

Variations to this Raita Recipe

There are a few different types of raita and some things you can add to make it your own!

  • This recipe is a cucumber raita but there is also pineapple raita, boondi raita (a chickpea version), and mint raita.
  • To our basic recipe you can add bell peppers, cashews, a teaspoon ground cumin, mint leaves, salt, pepper, mustard seeds, mango, lemon juice, red chili powder and curry leaves.
  • To make it vegan, you can use a plant based yogurt instead of whole milk yogurt.

Recipe Tip

Bowls of rice, chicken tikka masala, and raita on a table with naan bread

Store Raita in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Raita and Tzatziki?

Raita is a traditionally Indian condiment, and Tzatziki is a traditionally Greek dish. However, both start with the same base – yogurt, cucumbers, and onions. The difference comes in the spice profile. This recipe has cilantro and coriander. Tzatziki has dill and lemon.

What is Raita eaten with?

It can be eaten with all different kinds of Indian food like pulao, curries, vegetable dishes, rice dishes and naan bread, paratha, or roti. I also love to use it as a dip for pita chips or kebabs.

What does Raita taste like?

It tastes very fresh and cool with a little bit of salty and sweet. It is the perfect side dish to rich and savory Indian dishes.

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How to Make Raita

A bowl of raita topped with a cilantro leaf

How to Make Raita

5 from 4 votes
Raita is a traditional Indian condiment made with yogurt, cucumbers, onions, and spices. Serve it with your favorite Indian dish to balance the heat!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients until combined.
    Raita ingredients in a bowl
  • Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
    Raita in a small bowl

Notes

  • There are a few different types of raita and some things you can add to make it your own! This recipe is a cucumber raita but there is also pineapple raita, boondi raita (a chickpea raita), and mint raita.
  • To our raita you can add bell peppers, cashews, cumin powder, mint leaves, chili powder, salt, pepper, mustard seeds, mango, and curry leaves.
  • To make raita vegan, you can use a plant based yogurt instead of whole milk yogurt.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 40kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 28mgPotassium: 106mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 64IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 1mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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  1. 5 stars
    I like you, love trying foods from all over! I will be making this again. It was a hit! Naan is perfect with it!

  2. 5 stars
    I don’t make a lot of Indian food, but this is something I can get used to making. Very flavorful! I am excited to try lots of things with it!

  3. 5 stars
    We love to dip crackers or Naan bread in this raita! The combination of flavors is perfections! So creamy and savory!