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Raita (Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce)

Raita is a sauce or dip usually used with Indian or Pakistani food. It's actually got A LOT in common with a variety of other yogurt based sauces from other cultures, such as Tzatziki, the Greek sauce. I should probably just call it "yogurt cucumber sauce", but ... I didn't.

Because I wanted to keep it basic, which allows you to add it to a wider variety of things, I chose to leave it really basic. It's a REALLY nice way to complement some hot grilled chicken on a scorching summer day. Add a little cumin, coriander and some cayenne and it becomes a wonderful accompaniment to lamb. Throw some spicy beef and chilies into a low-carb pita and slather this stuff on it.

Ah, I suppose I should mention the "English" cucumber. These are the cucumbers you'll often see wrapped in tight plastic. These are a little longer, thinner and slightly sweeter. They also have softer seeds and thinner skin. This makes them a little more of a pleasant cucumber, all around!

Here's a picture!

Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 41.08625kcal
Author: DJ Foodie


  • 1 cup greek yogurt plain and full fat
  • 1 each english cucumber seeded and diced
  • 2 tbsp lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste


  • Mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Taste, season, taste and serve!


Serving: 8g | Calories: 41.08625kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.3575g | Protein: 1.155g | Fat: 2.805g | Fiber: 0.28375g