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Cucumber raita is deliciously made with curd, cucumber seasoned with a tempering of mustard and cumin seeds, fresh curry leaves and spiced with some green chillies and other spices. Cucumber raita is an excellent cooling dish from the Indian cuisine that is accompanied with various types of flavored rice like the biryanijeera rice or Indian flat breads such as parathakulchas etc. They are specially served as a cooling balance for various other spicy dishes. This cucumber raita recipe is very easy to make and would also be a quick side dish for rice or roti.

Raita is a popular condiment served along with kebabs which is given many to counteract the hot and piquant dish.  For making the raita flavorful, you can season with coriander (cilantro), cumin seeds, mint, cayenne pepper and other fresh herbs and spices. Generally tempering with mustard and cumin seeds are added to the raita along with other ingredients that gives an excellent taste and flavor.

Raita is an Indian/ Pakistani condiment made with yoghurt, commonly called as dahi and is used as a dipping sauce. Minced, raw vegetables or fruits such as cucumber, onion, carrot, pineapplepapaya or pomegranate seeds are mixed into the yoghurt to enrich its flavor and make it healthy and nutritious. As most of recipes from the Indian and Pakistani cuisine; are rich and spicy to taste, raita helps cooling the palate when eating spicy food. There are a variety of raitas that can be made with like Dates raita, Broad beans raita, Fresh fruit raita, Palak raita, Carrot raita, Oats curd and many more.

Cucumber is one of the oldest cultivated crops, popularly known as ‘khira/kheera’ or ‘kakdi’ in Hindi. It is also known as ‘Dosakaya’ in Telugu, ‘Kakkarikkari‘in Tamil, ‘Kani Vellarikka‘ in Malayalam, ‘Kakdi‘ in Gujarati, ‘Sosha‘ in Bengali, ‘Kakadi‘ in Marathi, and ‘Tar‘ in Punjabi. Cucumbers are soothing and cooling as they are very tender and watery. Cucumber or Cucumis sativus is a creeper that belongs to the Cucurbitaceous family.  Fresh cucumbers are available throughout the year and can also be eaten raw or mixed in any vegetable salad or in the form of juice.  We can intake cucumber in form of dishes like Cucumber Chutney, Cucumber Dal, Cucumber And Lemon Tadka Dal, Cucumber Mutton Curry Yellow Cucumber Dosakaya, Cucumber And Bengal Gram Chutney

Preparation Tips:

  • Before you prepare raita, just taste the cucumber so that it’s not bitter.

Health Tips:

  • Cucumbers help to soothe inflammations, sunburn and treat rashes.
  • Cucumber is known to work wonders on pimples as well as blackheads.
  • Cucumber contains 90% water and thus, helps to keep your skin hydrated.
  • Cucumber seeds are rich in vitamin E and potassium which helps in reducing fine lines, spots and other signs of aging.
  • The calorie content in cucumbers is low and therefore, it is a great substitute for snacks loaded with calories. Since cucumbers have dietary fibers, it checks your tendency to over-eat. Your stomach feels full and you tend to eat less. Thus, it is a healthy way to spur weight-loss.
  • According to World Health Food “Cucumbers are a valuable source of conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese.”
  • Yogurt has protein,calcium and is a good source of riboflavin, vitamin B 12.

Do try this fantastic dish as cucumber raita is an amazing dish with subtle and unique flavors and finally mellows down the spiciness of the food.

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