4 May 2006

Minty cucumber raita

I love the fragrance of mint, especially fresh mint leaves. And there's nothing like having a small potted plant of mint in your kitchen garden. The evening breeze brings a lovely waft of that wonderfully fresh fragrance. The Jasmine does put up some fierce competition to that though!

I keep looking for opportunities to use mint in my daily cooking, despite the rumours of 'you know what' that surround it! On the other hand, mint has been a part of age old remedies for relieving bad breath, stomach cramps, flatulence, nausea and many more.

Mint tea, mint rice, mint parathas, mint on salads, mint in gravies- I just love it in everything.

Here's a quickie cuke raita flavoured with fresh mint leaves.

Raita is a yogurt accompaniment to rice or is eaten as a salad. This one has cucumbers, fresh mint leaves and the garnish is a delicate sprinkling of fresh grated coconut.

What you will need:

1 1/2 cups fresh yogurt ( should be fairly thick-use homemade or Greek yogurt for more flavour)

2 medium sized cucumbers- peeled and grated
1 T chiffonade mint leaves ( proud to say that these were from my little balcony garden )
Some freshly ground black pepper
Rock salt (regular salt if you don't have rock salt)
1 big green chilli-finely chopped
Whole mint leaves-for garnish
1 T fresh grated coconut-for garnish


Beat the yogurt with the salt into a smooth consistency. Add the grated cucumbers.
Mix in the 1 T mint leaves, green chillies, salt and ground pepper.
Garnish with the whole mint leaves and coconut.
That is all there is to it.

Serve chilled.


This recipe will serve 2-3 people.

If you use hung curd for this recipe, you can very well use this, as a dip for crudites or a spread for sandwiches.

Serve it as a side with biryani / pulao

This is my entry for Kalyn's Weekend Herb Blogging.


Lakshmi said...

nice recipe , i luv raitas.

Vaishali said...

That's an easy one. Great for summers in India. Coconut on top? Ok, if you say so. Will be tried out.

sailaja said...

Come summers and I am most of the time on salads and raitas.I do make raita on the same lines as yours.tastes great!

Indira said...

Of all the herbs, mint stands out and I like how it taste too.
Cool :) raita recipe, Nandita.

Kalyn said...

This sounds really wonderful. I have a lot of my mind in my garden, but right now I need to weed out the dead sticks from last year!

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