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Cucumber Yogurt Salad

This cool yogurt salad, known as raita, is used to offset some of the heat from spicier dishes. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

  • yield: Makes 3 cups


  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper


  1. Step 1

    Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Chill and serve.

Mad Hungry, January 2011