Cucumber Raita

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  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro or mint
  • Cayenne or paprika, to garnish


Peel cucumber. Cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips, then into thin slices crosswise. Blot off moisture with paper towels.

Toast cumin seeds for a few seconds in a small, heavy frying pan over high heat.

In a bowl, stir yogurt until smooth. Mix with cumin, garlic and cilantro or mint. Combine mixture with cucumber slivers, sprinkle with cayenne or paprika, and chill before serving.

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