Cucumber raita is by far my favorite, followed by onion and spinach. I usually serve this along with spicy-burn-your-mouth-but-in-a-good-way dishes such as Tandoori Chicken, rogan josh, lamb vindaloo… the list goes on. I know I’ve mentioned this before but the cool raita will be your life boat once you’re drowning in a sea of spiciness. So this will shine best when served alongside something spicy.
My mom introduced this to me as a side dish to Spicy Sour Fish (Ikan Assam Pedas). The variation I was taught was to peel and cut the cucumber in half, deseed it with a spoon and then slice it thinly. Over the years, I tried dicing it instead and gradually settled on my favorite method; grating it. It’s so much more smoother then.
As for the spices, it’s mildly flavored with cumin and chili powder, brought to a new level with fresh mint and finally splashed with lemon juice. Due to the high content of water in cucumber, it might be watery when it sits in the fridge. Don’t panic! All you need to do is stir it up a little before serving and it’s as good as new.Print