Saturday 17 August 2013

Cucumber Raita - A Perfect Cooler

Raita is nothing but a simple dip prepared with yogurt/curd/dahi and different combinations of vegetables or spices. Here I have made a cucumber raita a perfect cooler to settle down our stomach and bring down the heat in our body.

Cucumber belongs to the gourd family and is believed to be the oldest cultivated vegetable originated in Northern India. Cucumbers has various health benefits, it is low in calories and fat.

Here's how to make Cucumber Raita with step by step photos....


2 cups
1 [Peeled & Grated]
As needed
Black pepper powder
One pinch
Cumin powder
One pinch

For Seasoning
1 tsp
Mustard seeds
½ tsp
Cumin seeds
½ tsp
Urad dal
½ tsp
Green chillies
1 finely chopped
Curry leaves
Cilantro/coriander leaves
3 tsp finely chopped


Wash, Peel and grate the cucumber. Take the grated cucumber in a bowl.

Add the yogurt/curd, salt,  pepper powder, cumin powder to the cucumber and mix well.

Heat oil in a pan and splutter the mustard seeds, add cuminseeds, urad dal and saute until dal turns color. When it starts to change color add green chillies, curry leaves and saute for 10 sec.

Now add the seasoning to the yogurt and mix everything well. Finally add the cilantro leaves and give a good stir.

Yummy and healthy cucumber raita is ready to be enjoyed. Serve the raita with any rice varities or just as a side dish with rotis and chapathis.

Health Benefits of Cucumber
  • Cucumber has 96% water content, it helps in keeping the body hydrated and regulates our body temperature.
  • Cucumbers are very good digestive aid, it helps in curing heartburn, gastritis and even ulcers. The high water content and dietary fiber helps in getting rid of toxins from our system and helps in digestion.
  • Cucumber is believed to control our Blood Pressure [BP] because it contains potassium, magnesium and fiber which regulates the BP.

I have discussed a few important benefits of cucumber here but there are more benefits to it. Ok guys, let us all eat healthy and lead a healthy life…

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  1. வெள்ளரிக்காய் தயிர் பச்சிடியோ ...... அது எப்போதுமே சூப்பராக டேஸ்ட்டாகத்தான் இருக்கும். பாராட்டுக்கள். பகிர்வுக்கும் படங்களுக்கும் நன்றிகள்.

  2. tasty cooler perfect with spicy biryani

  3. Nice one and all time favorite Priya

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  5. I've nevr tempered my raita...this wud be more flavorful!

  6. I just adore raita, any type with any veg. That zang from yogurt with the few other ingredients are just too good. Lovely cucumber raita and its enough to be eaten with rice.

  7. I love cucumber raita a lot.. You made it perfect

  8. This raita is my FAMILY's favoutit... :)
    Keep in touch,

  9. Our family favourite and excellent raita.

  10. Indeed, a perfect cooler! Loved your version of raita recipe

  11. A perfect cooler .. Love your cucumber raita..

  12. simple salad but refreshing..a must side kick for biryanis..

  13. Delicious raita and a perfect cooler.

  14. oh wow..have no made raitias with temperings..this is soo cool..and so simple too. bookmarked !!!

  15. Hi Priya, Thanks a lot for visiting my blog....Loved your space and I already follow it thru FB.....:) LOved the dish....

  16. Tempering is new for me in raita.. Gonna try that next time. Thanks for linking to WTML

  17. very cooling raita, thanks for linking with us!

  18. perfect summer cooler and also great with biriyani!!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!! please add the logo



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