This Indian-inspired cucumber raita is made with yogurt, cucumber, cilantro, and mint for a delicious sauce or dip you can serve with veggies or a flavorful entreé!
Looking for a cool, refreshing sauce to serve with fresh veggies or a flavorful entreé? This Indian-inspired cucumber raita is the perfect recipe!
If you haven’t heard of raita before, it simply refers to a sauce or dip made with yogurt, chopped vegetables or fruit, and herbs. You might find it very similar to the Greek sauce tzatziki.
This version of raita is made with cilantro and mint for a delicious and intense blend of spices. It has a wonderfully refreshing flavor, especially if you’re eating it with something spicy.
Plus, you only need five ingredients to make it!
How to make cucumber raita
This recipe only takes minutes to prep, but be sure you give it time to chill in the refrigerator. This will allow the flavors to deepen.
Step 1: Peel and grate a 4-inch piece of English hothouse cucumber. Mince the fresh cilantro and mint.
Step 2: In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, cucumber, cilantro, mint, and salt. Mix until well-combined.
Step 3: Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Once the sauce has chilled and the flavors have had time to meld, your raita will be ready to enjoy!
What to eat with this sauce
This light and refreshing condiment is very versatile. It’s great for adding flavor or providing a cooling element to a spicy dish.
For an Indian-inspired meal, I love to serve it with my quick and easy chicken masala and cumin-roasted carrots. It’s a perfect meal for a busy weeknight that is simple to make but packs in big taste!
For a lighter variation, serve it alongside these salmon meatballs with quinoa for lunch. The cilantro and mint will complement the salmon beautifully.
Of course, you can always serve a dip like this alongside raw vegetables like bell pepper strips, carrots, and celery. It’s a great appetizer or snack that won’t fill anyone up before dinner.
Finally, try using raita as a lighter substitute for mayonnaise on a sandwich, wrap, or burger. You’ll love the extra boost of flavor!
The great news about raita is that the longer it sits in the refrigerator, the more the flavors will meld!
Store this dip covered in the refrigerator and enjoy within a week.
Other healthy dip and sauce recipes
Looking for more dips to serve as tasty appetizers or sauces to go along with your main course? There are so many healthy ways to add extra flavor! Here are a few of my favorite recipes I think you’ll enjoy:
When you’ve tried this dip, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used non-fat)
- 4-inch piece of English hothouse cucumber (peeled and grated)
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro (minced)
- 2 teaspoons fresh mint (minced)
- Peel and grate a 4-inch piece of English hothouse cucumber. Mince the fresh cilantro and mint.
- In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, cucumber, cilantro, mint, and salt. Mix until well-combined.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.