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Raita is traditional north Indian salad made of yoghurt. The base is always plain yoghurt and various ingredients and flavours are added to jazz it up in a million ways. It’s a great side to any spicy dish since the coolness of the youghurt balances the spices.

Cucumber raita is hubby’s favourite kind. This is great eaten with Biryani or any simple rice dish.

Cucumber Raita


1 cup plain yoghurt
2 tbsp water
1 cup grated cucumber
a pinch red chili powder
a pinch of cumin powder
salt, to taste


Mix everything in a large bowl till smooth and serve chilled.

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