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Encyclopedia > Raita (condiment)
A cucumber and mint raita
A cucumber and mint raita

Raita or pachadi is a South Asian/Indian condiment based on yogurt (dahi) and used as a sauce or dip. The yogurt is seasoned with cilantro, cumin, mint, cayenne pepper, and other herbs and spices. Vegetables such as cucumber and onions are mixed in. The mixture is served chilled. Raita has a cooling effect on the palate which makes it a good foil for spicy Indian dishes. Raita has several meanings: A condiment - see raita (condiment). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... South Asian cuisine includes the cuisines of the South Asia. ... Salt, sugar and pepper are the most essential condiments in Western cuisine. ... Yoghurt Yoghurt or yogurt, less commonly yoghourt or yogourt, is a dairy product produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. ... Dahi (Hindi) or Doi (Bengali) is naturally cultured plain yogurt widely consumed all over the Indian subcontinent. ... For the computer protocol, see SAUCE. Or see source. ... A dipping sauce or dip is a common condiment for many types of food. ... Binomial name Coriandrum sativum Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is an annual herb commonly used in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Indian, Latin American and Southeast Asian cooking. ... Binomial name L. Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) (sometimes misspelled cummin) is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native from the east Mediterranean to East India. ... MiNT (MiNT is Now TOS) is an alternative operating system (OS) kernel for the Atari ST computer and its successors which is free software. ... A large red cayenne The Cayenne is a hot red chili pepper used to flavor dishes, and for medicinal purposes. ... Binomial name L. The cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is a widely cultivated plant in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, which includes squash, and in the same genus as the muskmelon. ...

Southern Indian cuisine, such as that found in the Bangalore region, often uses finely chopped or diced carrots mixed with dahi yogurt.[citation needed] For other uses, see Bangalore (disambiguation). ...

Cucumber is not included in authentic versions of the dish, because Ayurvedic tradition considers a mixture of cucumber and yoghurt to be harmful to the body.[citation needed] Ayurveda (आयुर्वेद Sanskrit: ayu—life; veda—knowledge of) or ayurvedic medicine is a more than 2,000 year old comprehensive system of medicine based on a holistic approach rooted in Vedic culture. ...

It could be considered similar to the Greek tzatziki. A small bowl of tzatziki, served with few drops of olive oil and a few pieces of dill. ...

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montrealfood.com: Tsatsiki (463 words)
Raita is a yoghurt and cucumber dip with spices and flavours attuned to Indian cooking.
Raita recipes often call for roasted cumin, freshly ground fl pepper or a pinch of cayenne.
Raita is meant to be served as a side dish.
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