Cucumber Raita, Kakdi ka Raita, Kheera Raita
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Cucumber raita also known as kakdi ka raita is a quick and easy raita recipe. There are too many variation to cucumber raita and this is our version of it. Made from basic Indian ingredients like cucumber, curds and Indian spices this kakdi ka raita is clever spiced a bit with green chilli paste.
Raita is a quintessential accompaniment for any Indian meal. It adds a refreshing note, making the heaviest of meals seem light and digestible. Simply put, raita means veggies and/or fruits in curd. If you are an amateur, start off with cucumber raita as this is the simplest to make.
Sometimes, the easiest of dishes are the most pleasing. The kakdi ka raita is one such case. It is a very simple accompaniment, made of grated cucumber and curds perked up with a dash of spice powders and a traditional tadka. We have used the most basic ingredients in preparing the cucumber raita.
The tempering not only boosts the aroma of the raita but also gives it a nice taste. In an unexpected twist, a teaspoon of green chilli paste is added to the curds, to give the kakdi ka raita a sharper flavour.
You can enjoy this tasty kakdi ka raita with pulao, biryani or parathas. Also, make this during summers to beat the heat with this cooling raita.
Learn to make cucumber raita recipe | kakdi ka raita | kheera raita | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.
- To make cucumber raita, squeeze the cucumber and remove all the excess water. Drain the water and keep the cucumber aside.
- Whisk the curds well using a whisk.
- Add the green chilli paste, cumin seeds powder, powdered sugar and salt and mix well.
- Add the cucumber, mix well and refrigerate for at least30 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a small non-stick pan, add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
- When the seeds crackle, add the tempering to the curds-cucumber mixture and mix well.
- Add the coriander and mix well.
- Serve the cucumber raita chilled.
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What are Raitas ? Raita is a quintessential accompaniment for any Indian meal. It adds a refreshing note, making the heaviest of meals seem light and digestible. Simply put, raita means veggies and/or fruits in curd.
South Indians temper the raita with mustard and red chillies, while in the North it is served with a sprinkling of spice powders. A raita can be standalone, like Tomato Raita, Pineapple Raita or Onion Raita. Or, it can be a combo of fruits and veggies like Dill and Cucumber Raita.
Often, a garnish of coriander or mint is added to give the raita a herby punch. The herb itself can be the focus of a raita, as in the case of the popular Mint Raita!
You can also make fun-packed raitas like the Boondi Raita, which appeal to kids as well as adults. Get creative with the fruit-veggie combos and garnishes too.
When you are in the mood for some experimentation, try garnishing your raita with crushed toasted papad just before serving. Or, add some roasted cashews or crushed peanuts for a crunchy interlude. Unleash your imagination, and you will realize the world of raitas is endless.
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To make cucumber raita recipe | kakdi ka raita | kheera raita | grate the cucumber and squeeze out all the excess water out of cucumber and keep aside.
Whisk the curd very well using a whisk.
Add green chilli paste. It add a nice flavor to the raita. You can skip this step and add red chilli powder if you wish to.
Add cumin seed powder. It will help in inherting an earthy taste and aroma to the raita.
Add powdered sugar.
Add the cucumber.
Mix well and refrigerate for atleast 30 minutes.
Further, heat oil in a small non-stick pan.
Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
Saute on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
When the seeds crackle, add the tempering to the cucumber curd mixture. .
Mix cucumber raita | kakdi ka raita | kheera raita | well.
Serve cucumber raita | kakdi ka raita | kheera raita | chilled.
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