Raita is an essential part of an Indian meal. With all of the fragrant spices and heat that typically perfuse Indian cooking, a cool yogurt raita helps to chill the palate in between bites. Raita acts as a sort of condiment or chutney, cast on the sideline to accompany the centerpiece of your meal. While just a spoonful or two gets put on the plate, a good raita is hard to forget. So if possible, don’t skip out on this when making Indian for dinner. It’s easy to make and well worth your time.
Serves 6-8 as a condiment
-1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
-1 cucumber, peeled and sliced lengthwise, then seeded and minced
-1 small tomato, minced
-1 1/2 tsp. black mustard seed
-1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
-1 tsp. cumin seeds
-Scant 1/2 tsp. salt
-3-4 Tbsp. cilantro, minced (optional)
Mix all ingredients. Chill in refrigerator at least an hour before serving.