America is finally catching on to the magic of savory yogurt. Variations of savory yogurt are found in many parts of the world. For instance, I really enjoyed reading about Turkish hot yogurt soup in this great piece on TASTE a couple of years ago. In South Asia, we have savory yogurt in drinks (salty ‘lassi’) or raita. Raita can take many forms - here Priya Krishna outlines how you can build your own raita while incorporating its key elements.
This great recipe for cucumber raita was initially folded in my friend’s chicken biryani recipe but given that it pairs well with so many other rice dishes, it was time to give its own page. Cucumber and yogurt are a natural match. The lime juice and green chilies provide some brightness, and the cumin powder some gravitas. Pair it with biryani, pulao as well as BBQ such as chicken tikka or kebabs. Enjoy x
- Whisk the yogurt to make it an even consistency.
- Toss the sliced cucumbers, cilantro, mint leaves and half a green chilli into a food processor and pulse till they are finely ground.
- Fold the chopped greens, cumin powder, lime juice, salt and pepper into the yogurt. Mix well.