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Recipe: Cucumber & Onion Raita

Yesterday I misread a promotion deal in nearby supermarket and ended up buying 3kg of plain yogurt. That’s a lot for a family of two! Following my husband’s suggestion, I made Maccha yogurt sorbet last night that’s still sitting in the freezer and marinated chicken for tomorrow’s dinner. I still have 2kg of yogurt which will expire in 7 days. What can I do? After searching for options, I decided to make cucumber salad using yogurt. I’ve made salad with yogurt before, but I didn’t know by adding spices the dish becomes what is called “Raita.” So I added a hint of cumin and coriander powder. I added a slice of apple because I’ve always loved the combination of apple and yogurt. This went very well with a hot spicy dish I made for the main dish.

Arrangement tip: Fresh tomato, bell pepper or boiled potato also work well. Fresh coriander can be replaced with fresh mint or green onion.

Cucumber & Onion Raita

Photo: Soniya Goyal

Recipe: Cucumber & Onion Raita

Serving: 3-4


  • 5-6 tablespoons chopped cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion (can be substituted with brown onion)
  • (Optional) 2 tablespoons chopped apple
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
  • 250g yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • A pinch of coriander powder
  • (Optional) Salt and pepper

Cooking instructions

  1. Chop the red onion and the cucumber into 1cm cubes. Put them into a bowl. If you are using the brown onion, rinse lightly before putting them into the bowl to help reduce the sharp flavor.
  2. (Optional) Cut the apple into 1 cm cubes and add them into the bowl.
  3. Chop the coriander to bite sizes and add them into the bowl.
  4. Add the yogurt, cumin powder and coriander powder. Stir well to combine.
  5. (Optional) Use salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve along with your main dish and enjoy!

This article was written by Chia.
I’m a freelance translator with background in biology. Upon meeting my future husband in Spain, I moved to Hong Kong to start our lives together. I’m still exploring what Hong Kong has got to offer :)


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