Cucumber Raita Recipe

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Cool and fresh tasting, this Middle Eastern side dish and condiment helps to balance the intensity of meats seasoned with chile peppers, curry or similar spicy ingredients.
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  • 1 large English cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and chopped fine
  • 2 plain yogurt--low fat or whole milk
  • 3 fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/2 ground cumin
  • 1/4 cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 paprika
  • 1/2 salt, or to taste
Container: Mixing bowl
  • Seed cucumber. Without peeling the cucumber, chop into small bits and place on a paper towel to dry.
  • Combine yogurt, mint leaves, and cumin, blending all ingredients together with a whisk. Add chopped cucumber to mixture and stir together, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place all ingredients in a covered container and chill for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  • When served, garnish with cayenne pepper, if desired.
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