Soused Cucumbers in Yogurt and Fresh Mint (Kakadi Raita)

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This raita is different than any we’ve had before, mostly because of how spicy it is. We thought it might be too much having a spicy dish on the side of a spicy dish, but it really did end up being a cooling element. Toasting the cumin seeds before grinding them adds an incredible amount of flavor to this dish, and it’s definitely a key step. This is a great side for any Indian meal!

Soused Cucumbers in Yogurt and Fresh Mint (Kakadi Raita)

Soused Cucumbers in Yogurt and Fresh Mint (Kakadi Raita)
660 Curries: The Gateway to Indian Cooking – Raghaven Iyer

1 1/2 cups plain yogurt, whisked
1 teaspoon coarse kosher or sea salt
1 large English cucumber, ends trimmed off, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, seeds scooped out, shredded
1/2 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
2 or 3 fresh green Thai, cayenne, or serrano chiles, to taste, stems removed, finely chopped (do not remove the seeds)

Thoroughly combine all the ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Serve chilled or at room temperature. This will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

MacGourmet Rating: 5 Stars

  • Ooooo that looks really good. Seriously, it made my mouth water. I am going to have to buy a cucumber…

  • Definitely give it a shot! It’s a great version of raita that is very different from any other that I’ve had.

  • Wow, that looks amazing! The colors and specks in there is so beautiful…This would go well with SO many dishes!

  • I just love raita- just made some with carrot.

  • Oh, this looks good. A spicy Indian yogurt. Very nice!

  • Ooh…carrot sounds like a great addition!

  • I love that you tagged it “wow.” Haha, although, judging from the recipe and picture it certainly looks wow-worthy.

  • This makes me crave some good Indian food!

  • How perfect, I have way too much plain soy yogurt on hand right now- This looks like just the thing to use it up with!

  • I tag all of the recipes that we rate 5 stars with “wow”. It makes it easier to find our favorites 🙂

    Let me know how the soy version turns out! I love how many soy products are available now! It really comes in handy when you have a lactose intolerant husband!