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Raita | Indian Yogurt Salad | Curd Salad


Raita is a salty cooling side dish made out of Yogurt. Raita is similar to Coleslaw salad but with more flavorful spices. Instead of buttermilk or mayonnaise, lots of yogurt is used and cabbage is substituted usually with cucumber.

Raita can be made in many ways. Some of basic variation is given here. Raita should always be served chilled and consumed as soon as it is made. You can always make a simple Raita you can just use salt and pepper with yogurt.

A quick tip for garnish; sprinkle red paprika (by holding it between thumb and forefinger) to make decorative objects such as star.


2 cups plain yoghurt
2 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon red chili powder (adjust according to taste)
½ teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon ginger paste (optional)
salt to taste

2 tablespoon chopped cilantro (coriander)
2 fresh chili chopped (adjust according to taste)
¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Specific Raita Ingredients:
Use any of these ingredients to make specific Riatas.
You can mix all of them together in any combination to suit your taste as well:

Mint Raita:
1 teaspoon finely chopped mint
Vegetarian Raita:
Cucumber, Onion, Tomato
finely chopped white button mushrooms
Garlic Raita:
2 teaspoon garlic paste

1 Beat yogurt until smooth. (use blender for fast results)
2 Add all the spices including salt.
3 Add any special ingredients to make a specific Raita.
4 Chill.
5 Garnish with fresh Cilantro, nutmeg and chili prior to serving.
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Raita is healthy salad with benefit of yogurt and fresh vegetables. However, using too much salt in raita will negate any benefit it may have. So, please go low on salt.
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