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How to make cucumber Raita

If you would love to make your own cucumber Raita just like the Indian restaurants, then look no further.  Our contributor Ritu from Scrumptious Indian Recipes has an easy and delicious recipe for you!

Cucumber Raita is a thick Yogurt mix with cucumber and Indian spices. It is a refreshing raita flavored with grated cucumber and spices.

It is a perfect accompaniment to an Indian meal, or you could say an Indian meal is incomplete without raita.

It has a cooling effect which makes it the best accompaniment to hot and spicy food.  It can be served as a side dish with Indian flat bread or rice varieties.

How To Make Cucumber Raita

In India, stuffed parathas and raita is one of the famous combinations. It is simple and easy to make, healthy and light on stomach. It can also be served as a dip with bread. It is aromatic and delicious. It gives your regular curd a flavorsome variation.

You can use it as a salad dressing too. You can add different chutneys like tamarind and mint chutney into it to get it sweet and tangy variations.

There is a popular Indian street food of India which is called dahi balla.  That is a different kind of yogurt in which lentil fritters and chutneys are added. It is a famous tangy, spicy yogurt side dish which you will find in most Indian buffet spreads.

Cucumber raita is a refreshing combination of yogurt, herbs and cucumber. I have added a grated cucumber in it. You can dice cucumber in small pieces and add it too.

There are many different ways to prepare raita. I have made it quick and easy with fresh ingredients at my home. It will take 10 minutes to prepare this delicious Indian recipe. It is eggless and vegetarian.

Adjust the spices according your taste. The consistency of the raita will also depend on your taste, simply add or subtract the spices accordingly. You can add sugar or honey if you like it sweet and spicy mix.

Cucumber Raita

I prepare my yogurt at home too, by fermenting milk in a natural way.  The best part is that is is fresh and free from preservatives. You can use this yogurt to prepare your raita as well.

Yogurt can also be used for for marinating potatoes, added in curries and gravies and also make a savory and sweet drink called Lassi.

Indian Cucumber Raita

Enjoy this delicious raita with a nice filling Indian meal, or use it as a dip for breads and sticks. Happy cooking !!

How to make cucumber Raita

How to make cucumber Raita


  • 1/2 kg yogurt
  • 1 grated cucumber
  • 2 chopped green chillies (Optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • Salt according to taste


Take a bowl, add curd in it

Add salt to taste

Whisk it well, if its too thick add some milk

Add grated cucumber and green chillies, mix it with a spoon

Add pepper in it

You can add chopped cucumber for garnishing

Serve cold with Indian parantha or any rice dish

Have you every tried making your own raita?  I would love to hear from you below.

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11 Responses to How to make cucumber Raita

  1. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen April 7, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    Refreshing and cooling raita! Looks so YUM!

    • Catherine Holt April 8, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      There is nothing quite like a refreshing raita to take off the curry spice….although I find I tuck into it as it is without the curry….lol

  2. Marina April 8, 2015 at 4:27 am #

    Easy!! Love the recipe, sounds really tasty!

    • Catherine Holt April 8, 2015 at 9:52 am #

      Easy recipes are often the best arn’t they Marina 🙂

  3. nusrath April 8, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    refreshing, raita. …happy to see your recipe here, ritu….. nice space …Catherine

  4. Cynthia L April 10, 2015 at 3:53 am #

    I don’t think I have ever tried riata before, but it sounds really good. I love most anything with cucumbers.

    • Catherine Holt April 10, 2015 at 9:46 am #

      Oh give it a go Cynthia and let us know what you think 🙂

  5. Hannah @ eat, drink and save money April 15, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

    Indian is one of our staples! I’ve always wanted to make this and never even looked up the recipe. We actually had Indian last night. I wish I had seen this before we had dinner.

    I pinned it so I can make it next time.

    Thanks for linking this up to Share the Wealth Sunday!

    • Catherine Holt April 17, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

      Looks like another excuse for Indian is on the cards then Hannah 🙂 We love it in this house too, I reckon it’s my Hubby’s favorite meal for sure!

  6. Tammy @ creativekkids April 20, 2015 at 7:09 am #

    What a cool and refreshing treat! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party! I’ve pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest board.

    • Catherine Holt April 20, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

      It is definitely a great way to take off the heat from curry Tammy 🙂 Appreciate your pinning, thanks 🙂

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