This is a very refreshing raita which can be had as a dip too. In fact raita in general is a traditional Indian dip. The cucumber can be either chopped finely or grated. It gives a very cooling effect to our system, especially during summers.
There are many variations to it. You can simply add coriander leaves, mint leaves, onion, tomato or anything interesting and appetizing along with some powdered spices like pepper, red chili powder, black salt, roasted cumin powder, etc. They are best enjoyed with biryani, either veg. or non-veg or as an accompaniment with some grilled delicacies.
- 1/2 cucumber, chopped finely
- 1 cup yoghurt, beaten
- salt to taste
- pinch of red chili powder / flakes
- 1 fresh red chilli, chopped
- 1 tsp. coriander leaves
- 1 tbsp. fine sev (deep fried vermicelli made from gram flour)
In a bowl, mix together yoghurt, cucumber, salt and red chili powder. Just before serving, garnish with the coriander leaves, chopped fresh chilli and sev.
Relish as a dip or as a side dish along with Biryani or any Indian bread.