Raita: Yogurt with Spices
Indian Recipe

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.


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2 cups plain yogurt*
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
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.

Preparation Time: 
5 minutes plus 2-3 hour downtime.