Raita is a traditional Indian condiment designed to cool down hot curry dishes. Make your own by combining yogurt with cilantro, cucumber and spices.

Yield: Makes about 1 1/4 cups.



  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup diced seeded English cucumber
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Pappadams


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. Serve with pappadams.
Nutritional analysis per 2 tbsp:

15 calories, 0.4 g fat, 1.8 g protein, 1.1 g carbohydrate, 0 g fibre, 66 mg sodium

*Ingredient not included in nutritional analysis.


Pappadams are thin Indian crackers made from lentil flour and traditionally grilled over a flame. Look for them in the aisle where Indian foods are sold.

To grill pappadams, carefully hold a pappadam with stainless steel tongs over the flame of a natural gas burner on medium-low heat, turning once, until bubbled and golden brown on both sides. Alternatively, pappadams can be broiled. To broil pappadams, preheat broiler. Place a rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Place pappadams on rack in pan. Broil until bubbled and golden brown, about 30 - 45 seconds.