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Raita (yogurt Salad)

  • Yield: About 2 cups


  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch sugar, or more to taste
  • Pinch cayenne


  • Place the yogurt in a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl and drain for 1 hour. Discard the liquid in the bowl.
  • Have 1 whole, peeled cucumber for chef to demo seeding and chopping and set aside.
  • Place the drained yogurt in a medium bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Place, covered, in the refrigerator for 1 hour to cool and blend.
  • Stir well and serve.