Raita Cucumber-Yogurt Salad

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A curry meal almost begs for the contrast of a cool refreshing dish. This raita serves that need nicely. Indian raitas are made of various main ingredients, bananas among them, but cucumber is by far the most frequently used.


Serves 4 to 6.


2 large cucumbers, peeled or unpeeled
1 pint plain yogurt Scant teaspoon ground cumin
Scant teaspoon ground coriander
Scant teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
1/2 teaspoon salt
Scant teaspoon red pepper (used primarily for color; substit
Fresh coriander (cilantro), for garnish


Early in the day, grate cucumbers and stir in yogurt, ground cumin, ground coriander, black pepper, cumin seed, salt, and red pepper. Mix well; let marinate in refrigerator for several hours. Garnish with chopped fresh coriander before serving.



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