Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Raita to Cool You

With the temperature going up, I decided some Indian-inspired food was in order. Whenever I have Indian food I love to make a Raita - the traditional yogurt and cucumber condiment. It cools you between bites of the hottest curry and is so easy to make!

Take a whole English cucumber (the really long ones), then peel and grate it. Put it in a sieve or colander in the sink and sprinkle with well with salt. Let it drain for at least 10 mins, preferably 30 mins. Now squeeze it out well. Lots of juice/water will come out. Plonk it in a bowl and then put in about 2-3 cups of full-fat yogurt (you need the fat to cut the chilli oils if you're using it as a cooling thing), and a good pinch of Garam Masala. Mix it up and chill it. There. That's it. If you want, you can also add a handful of chopped mint, but I was going to serve mine with something minty anyway so I didn't bother.

How are you staying cool this week?

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