Cucumber is an excellent summer fruit. It is very juicy & healthy. It is often used to make some food also. Salad is the most common food among those cucumber made food option. Cucumber is also used to make raita. Such cucumber raita is also very popular and people love to have such raita with roti or rice.
Though here in India many people consider cucumber as a vegetable as well as fruit too. People use it to make a vegetable dish like shukto (a traditional Bengali dish) at the same time, most people consider this as a fruit too. I love to have raw cucumber during summer days. It helps me o keep my body hydrated. It is also said that cucumber contains many minerals.
A few days back I have also tried cucumber drink. I blended that in a Philips blender and then strain it into a bowl. That time I noticed that cucumber is really juice fruit because when I strain it, I got the only little residual. Watermelon also another juicy fruit. If you want to make watermelon juice then I will realize it. Those two fruit contains a high percentage of water in it. Okay, can you say which one has more amount of water than other? GOOGLE it, you will definitely be surprised by your finding, haha.
Also read: 10 popular Indian raita
Raita is one of the most popular side dishes in India. In Northern Indian states, people love this raita (pudina raita, onion raita etc) most. If you are having Punjabi dishes then raita is the most preferred side dishes along with a salad. There are so many options in raita and cucumber raita is one of those.
I love this cucumber raita and often prepare this for having my meal. I have also tried cucumber raita at roadside dhaba. I found those raita & meal more delicious because of the ambience. What do you think? I am also looking for creating such ambience on the rooftop. So char pai (khaat) and scrap-tire are needed to arrange, though scrap tire can easily be arranged but char pai is not easily available here in West Bengal. I hope I will find one soon before I drop such a plan.
Yesterday, I prepared this awesome homemade cucumber raita. It was really good and loved to have this with roti & sabzi. I enjoyed this special raita a lot, it was simple but very delicious & healthy too.
Delicious cucumber raita recipe
- 1.5 bowls yogurt/curd
- 1 bowl water
- ½ bowl finely chopped cucumber
- 2 green chillies, finely chopped
- 2.5 tsp roasted cumin powder
- 2 tsp roasted coriander powder
- 1.5 tsp black pepper powder
- Black salt as needed
- ½ tsp red chili powder
- Handful coriander leaves, finely chopped
- Add yogurt/curd, water and all spices (cumin, coriander, black pepper, red chili and salt) and blend all get combined perfectly
- Now take it in a large serving bowl, then add cucumber, green chillies and coriander leaves and mix all
- Serve this cucumber raita with roti or rice