Cucumber Raita


Cucumber raita is India’s answer to Tzatziki. Cool, fresh, and the perfect addition to a summer time meal.

I love raita in every form but there’s something special about cucumber raita. It’s just so refreshing and cooling. On a hot summer day it makes any meal taste even better. It serves well with any dish, but I love it with keema, on kati rolls, or even as a dip for kabobs.

This raita is so incredibly easy to make and tasty, that you can whip it up in 10 minutes for any occasion. When I’m making it as a dip I skip adding water in it. Just to keep a thicker consistency. The one thing to keep in mind is that cucumber has a lot of water content in it. If you’re planning to keep it in the fridge for a day or two you will notice a thin layer of water on top from the cucumber. Also, cucumber has a shorter lifespan being fresh produce, so best to consume this raita within 2 or so days.

I really like using home grown cucumbers for this or Persians if I can get my hands on them, but that’s not always easy to do. Either way, the less seeds the better. You can always buy ye old generic cucumber and cut out the seeds too.

Looking for more yogurt options? Try these:

Cucumber Raita

Course: Side DishesCuisine: PunjabiDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped finely or grated

  • 4 cups plain yogurt (avoid fat free or low fat)

  • 1 cup cold water

  • 1/3 bunch cilantro, chopped finely

  • Black pepper, to taste

  • 1 tsp. chili powder (optional)

  • Salt, to taste

  • 1 tbsp whole cumin, ground


  • If you’re grating the cucumber, grate it and set aside in a colander in the sink for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk yogurt till smooth.
  • Whisk in water. If you’d like the consistency to be a little thinner add additional water.
  • If you grated the cucumber take small handfuls of cucumber and squeeze out any water content from the cucumber.
  • Whisk cucumber, cilantro, pepper, chili powder, and salt into yogurt.
  • Garnish with cumin and cilantro.
  • Serve chilled.

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Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 2.1g 4%
    • Saturated Fat 1.6g 5%
  • Cholesterol 10mg 4%
  • Sodium 148mg 7%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 422mg 13%
  • Total Carbohydrate 12.2g 4%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.3g 0%
    • Sugars 11.8g
  • Protein 9.5g 18%
  • Calcium 23%
  • Iron 1%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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