Today we hit a category that I haven't shared a recipe in a long time. Raita is a delicious salad recipe from Indian cuisine. Raita is also known as Indian cacık. As the main ingredients are yogurt and cucumber, mentioning cacık is naturally inevitable. But as a matter of fact, they are quite different from each other in terms of taste.
As you know, Indian cuisine is known for its abundant use of spices. Raita also gets its share from this abundant use of spices. Cucumber flavor is not dominant like cacık, rather the spice flavor is dominant. Since it contains spicy pepper (depending on the amount of spiciness of the pepper), you can also feel the spice. As in the kishke khadra recipe, it also contains onions. Those who have tried the kishke khadra recipe before know how good the onion goes well with yogurt.
We also use mint from time to time in the cacık recipe, it's not strange to us. The spices that add motion to this salad are coriander, cumin and ginger. I know that coriander is not a spice that everyone loves to eat. So if you don't like it, you don't have to use it. You don't have to eat something you hate just because the recipe says so. If you want to use coriander but don't have fresh coriander on hand, you can also use powdered coriander with the tip of a teaspoon.
You can serve raita with any main dish just like cacık, or serve it as an appetizer. Since it is not diluted like cacık, it can also be eaten by spreading it on bread like babagannuş. So, whether you serve it with red lentil curry or eat it on slices of sourdough white bread.
Enjoy the recipe...
- 2 cups of plain yogurt,
- 1 cucumber,
- 1 small onion,
- 1 green chili pepper,
- 1 handful of chopped coriander,
- 1 handful of fresh mint, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin,
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger,
- Chop the cucumber, onion and pepper into small pieces and take them into a deep bowl,
- Add yogurt, coriander, mint, cumin, ginger and salt and mix,
- Transfer the mixture to a serving plate and decorate as you wish.