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.
Recipe: Cucumber & Onion Raita
- 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
- 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.
- (Optional) Cut the apple into 1 cm cubes and add them into the bowl.
- Chop the coriander to bite sizes and add them into the bowl.
- Add the yogurt, cumin powder and coriander powder. Stir well to combine.
- (Optional) Use salt and pepper to taste.
- 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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