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Kheera (Cucumber) Raita

Kheera raita is an easy to prepare yet delicious side dish. Well made raitas in my opinion accentuate the taste of main course.


Kheera (cucumber): ½ cup, scraped off and grated
Curd / Yogurt: 1 cup
Roasted cumin powder : ½-1  tsp
Green chilies: 1 finely cut (optional)
Ginger: few chunks, cut in to very small pieces
Black salt as per taste
Salt to taste


  • Add cucumber to well beaten curd. Don’t beat the curd too much, just enough to make sure it has a uniform consistency, add water if the curd is too thick, usually that is not needed.
  • Add roasted cumin power, black salt and regular salt and mix it properly, adjust the quantity as per your taste. It should have a mildly sour taste, add more black salt if that is not the case.
  • Add green chilies and ginger, this spices up the raita a bit, if you prefer it to have a mild taste then don’t add them.
  • You may choose to add some finely cut cilantro (dhania) leaves.
  • Serve slightly chilled.

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