Raita (Yogurt Cucumber Topping) Recipe

Raita (Yogurt Cucumber Topping) Recipe

  • Makes: 1 1/2 cups (3 Servings)
  • Ready In: 5 mins
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time:

Recipe reprinted with permission from Feeding the Whole Family (third edition) by Cynthia Lair (Sasquatch Books, 2008).

Buy yogurt that has active cultures and no fillers (non-fat milk solids or pectin) or sweeteners added.

Preparation time: 5 minutes, plus 30 minutes chilling time. Makes 1 ½ cups

    Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 56
  • Fat: 1g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Sodium: 57mg
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Sugar: 6g


  1. 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
    ½ cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
    1 clove garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro or mint
    ½ teaspoon cumin, ground
    Pinch of cayenne
    Salt to taste


    1. Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl.
    2. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

Cynthia Lair

Cynthia is an Assistant Professor and Culinary Curriculum Director at Bastyr University. She is also the host of the online cooking show Cookus Interruptus featuring over 170 recipes and the author of Feeding the Whole Family and the new Feeding the Young Athlete. Watch her TEDx talk How to Cut an Onion!

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