Raita is the most common accompaniment in Indian food and is one of the most favorite sides to round off any meal. And, today, I am going to be teaching you a super easy onion cucumber raita which is a simple 10-minute recipe.
It is made with plain yogurt or curd as it is called in India and is really versatile – you can add your favorite mix-ins to it and customize it to your taste and preference. We do not want super thick curd or greek yogurt because we are not making tzatziki( which I think is greek raita but mostly made with cucumbers and really thick greek yogurt).
So, here is the recipe of my easy go-to raita.
Total time: 10 Minutes | Serves: 2 | Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients for Raita
- 1/3rd cup of finely chopped onion.
- 1/4th cup of finely chopped cucumber.
- 1 green chili finely chopped.
- 1 mint leaf finely chopped.
- Few leaves of coriander finely chopped.
- 1/4th tsp of salt or salt to taste.
- 5-6 tbsp of curd (yogurt).
- In a bowl, add diced onion, cucumber, green chili, coriander leaves, and mint leaf.
- To this add salt to taste and mash the ingredients with the back of a spoon. Mashing makes sure that the ingredients impart their flavor.
- Then add 5-6 tbsp of curd gradually. Mix well.
- There you go, it is ready to be served.
I have used freshly set not too thick curd here. If the curd is too thick you will have to add 2 – 3 tbsp of water and whisk the curd and then add it to the onion cucumber mixture. And using freshly set curd makes sure that the curd isn’t sour, which makes all the difference.
Note: You can chill the raita before serving if you like.
I make sure I serve it in 2-3 small bowls instead of 1 big bowl, this way you don’t have to constantly pass the raita along the table.