Wednesday 27 June 2012

A Delicious Cucumber & Tomato Raita, With a Simple Twist, Step Wise



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I had promised myself that I’ll blog more regularly, I mean 2-3 posts a week and I was working towards it until I picked a novel to read. Yes,  a novel by Danielle Steel was the culprit behind me not posting or reading any other blogs. I’m addicted to reading and that’s the reason I avoid it many a times, as I can disappear into the book for hours without eating, sleeping or doing any other activity. Any free time available will go towards the book, till it gets over. I can miss out watching my favorite serials on the TV too when it comes to reading a good book!!!

Anyways, today I finished reading the book and I quickly cooked a Tofu pilaf and made some boondi raita for the dinner. While making the boondi raita I suddenly remembered that I did not post my favorite Cucumber and Tomato Raita till date. Now, one would ask me what’s the big deal in making this raita? My answer to that is, Wait till you try this one.. Believe me, it’s different!!!

I love the color of this raita and definitely the taste and flavor. It can make a simple meal quite happening by it’s mere presence. I make this quite frequently as a side dish for pilafs and parathas. It has a South Indian flavor and has a few ingredients cooked and others raw. Chill the raita and serve it as a side dish with hot accompaniments.

Cucumber & Tomato Raita


Preparation Time:5mins

Cooling Time:5mins

Cooking Time:5mins


To be served chilled



1 English Cucumber, finely chopped

2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped

3 dry red chilies

a pinch of turmeric

1/4tsp mustard seeds

1/2tsp cumin seeds

3-4seeds of fenugreek

salt to taste

5-6 curry leaves

1cup curds

1/2tsp sugar

2tsp oil

For tempering

2tsp oil

1/2tsp mustard seeds

1tbsp urad-chana daal

5-6curry leaves


Heat 2tsp oil in a pan and add cumin, mustard, red chilies and curry leaves.


Add tomatoes, turmeric and salt to taste. Cook till mushy.


Cool the tomatoes and grind to a paste.


Beat the curds with sugar and salt to taste. Mix the tomato paste in that.


In a bowl take the chopped cucumber. Pour the curds with tomato paste over it, mix.


Make the tempering using the ingredients given under the heading ‘for tempering’. Pour it over the raita. Chill and serve.


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virunthu unna vaanga said...

my brother likes raita... i think he will like this delicious raita...

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Kavitha said...

very interesting raitha.....lovely color :)

Srividhya Ravikumar said...

lovely raita...unique..

Unknown said...

yummy yum raita.. perfect for dosa.. said...

Love raita's and the twist.. yummm

Unknown said...

Wow, this looks delicious, great twist to the normal raita

Anonymous said...

oh that sounds so delicious! and what a wrap!

Eat2live2travel said...

Looks tempting. Adding cooked tomatoes in Raita is something new to me...thanks for sharing.

Perspectivemedley said...

real nice twist to the raita! the color caught my attention.. and regarding books.. I know how it can be.. I fall into your category :)
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Sahasra Recipes said...

Yummy recipe...

Ansh said...

Looks delicious. I LOVE your yogurt container :D

Julie said...

flavorful & delicious!

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Faseela said...

yummy raita....a lovely twist....

Shama Nagarajan said...

super delicious

radha said...

Interesting -the grinding of tomato. Bookmarked

Myvegfare said...

Lovely raitha, I would do the same thing love reading and wouldn't leave it unless I finish, that too if it is a crime based novel!!

hotpotcooking said...

perfect for summer.

Lavanya said...

Nice raita
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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and comforting raita . Would surely try it out this summer.


Archana said...

Wow this is definitely the star.
Love to know that I am not the only one who gets lost in books. What book was it?
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anjana said...

Nice and delicious raita..last week I also posted the same raita:)

Pari Vasisht said...

Archana, I read Star by Danielle Steel and planning to start reading a book by Jeffrey Archer.

Pari Vasisht said...

Maayeka, I checked your post, quite similar to mine. I insist that you also add methidana next time and I will add the heeng like you.

Mira said...

mouthwateirng recipe. Going to try it Pari :p slurp slurp

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Gayathri NG said...

Creamy n yummy raita...

Priya Suresh said...

Wat an incredible and droolworthy raita.

Ganga Sreekanth said...

mouthwatering Raitha:-)

Spice up the Curry said...

love the idea of cooked tomato puree in raits. love it

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Very nice....

vini said...

love taht colour

Liang-Win said...

Slurp...this is the same way my mom makes raita. Love it!!!


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