This cooling condiment exists in many variations, some featuring vegetables such as cucumbers and tomatoes. The basic version offered here is a cinch to prepare and works wonderfully alongside any Indian snack or meal.
|1/4||teaspoon||freshly ground black pepper|
|~||cilantro leaves for decoration|
|*Look for preservative-free yogurt, which has a milder, more mellow flavor.|
1. Place the yogurt in a medium mixing bowl and whisk until creamy.
2. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper, and mix well.
3. Place in a decorative serving bowl and sprinkle some chili powder in the center of the raita. Use a knife to spread the powder outward in an informal design.
4. Decorate with cilantro leaves before serving.
NOTE: Make the raita several hours before serving; let stand at room temperature to develop the flavors.