In Indian cuisine, raita is served as a cooling accompaniment to fiery curries and other spicy dishes.
|2 1/2||cups||plain yogurt*|
|1 4-inch||piece||Enghish cucumber, chopped**|
|2||tablespoons||chopped fresh mint|
|1/4+||teaspoon||Kashmiri chili powder***|
|1/4||teaspoon||freshly ground black pepper|
|~||sprigs||fresh mint or cilantro for decoration|
|*Look for preservative-free yogurt, which has a milder, more mellow flavor.** English cucumbers are not bitter like other varieties in supermarkets. If you cannot find the English type, be sure to peel away the bitter cucumber skin before chopping.
*** Available from online vendors or your local Indian grocery store. Indians love this blend for its mildness, and use it for coloring dishes. If Kashmiri chili is not available, substitute ground cayenne.