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Yogurt Raita with cucumber and yellow raisins

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Cool, flavorful and soothing

Raita is an Indian condiment that is wonderful eaten with spicy food. Raita is traditionally served with curries, but can add a cool and refreshing contrast to meat, vegetables, bread and rice. See my post on What is raita to learn about all the wonderful variations on this tasty treat.

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This raita uses refreshing cucumbers, fresh herbs and sweet yellow raisins. I got the idea for adding yellow raisins to raita from a recipe posted by Aarti Sequeira, a Food Network star. I think it is genius!




Yogurt Raita with cucumber and yellow raisins

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This yogurt raita is a refreshing complement to spicy foods. The yellow raisins provide a sweet contrast to the cooling cucumbers and fresh herbs. Serve with curries or go out of the box and serve raita to garnish your tacos or add to a pulled pork sandwich.


  • 2 cups whole milk plain yogurt
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped, plus some for garnish
  • 1 Persian cucumber, chopped into 1/4″ dice (about 1 cup), plus some for garnish
  • 1/2 cup yellow raisins, plus some for garnish
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint, plus some for garnish
  • 1/4 t ground cumin
  • 1/4 t ground coriander
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • Chili powder for garnish


  1. Mix first 8 ingredients together in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve (up to 24 hours). Raita gets better with a few hours in the fridge as the flavors meld.
  2. When ready to serve, garnish with chopped cucumber, cilantro, mint, raisins and a sprinkling of chili powder.







  1. melanie sakowski says:

    Mmmm this flavour combo sounds yum

  2. Faiza Firdos says:

    This looks amazing! A question … is it OK to use Greek yogurt? Can’t wait to make this, and delighted to have discovered this wonderful site 🙂

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      Hi Faiz, absolutely use Greek yogurt. I should have specified greek yogurt. I use it so much I forget there is another kind!

  3. Faiza Firdos says:

    Hi Kim! Well, I made the raita last night and it was absolutely delicious! I am the same way with Greek yogurt; it’s the only kind I use. All the flavors came together so beautifully. It was even more delicious today and a scrumptious accompaniment to some tandoori chicken I made for the week. Thank you for such a lovely recipe. Can’t wait to try others you’ve posted here 🙂

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      Thanks for your comments Faiza. The raita sounds lovely on your tandoori chicken.

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