Ayurveda: Cool Yourself with Cucumber Raita

Raita is a simple, quick dish that can be enjoyed as flavorful dip or a salad. Raita can also be used as a side with any rice dishes or can be enjoyed as the main course.

The cucumber helps to reduce the aggravated Pitta dosha. It is a very cooling recipe for the Summer.


1 small grated cucumber

1 cup plain, whole-milk yogurt/low-fat yogurt (Greek or Indian yogurt suggested)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves (can even use mint leaves)

A pinch or more of cumin powder

Salt to taste


In a bowl, whisk yogurt until it is smooth.

Add in grated cucumber, cumin powder, salt and coriander or mint leaves.

This cooling dish can be enjoyed as a snack or for lunch, but Ayurveda recommends not consuming this dish for dinner as the yogurt is heavy to digest. 

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