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Cool Cucumber Salad

Yield Makes 3 1/2 cups
Known as raita (RI-tah), this refreshing saucy dish balances spicy meats.


  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 medium-size sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds*
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Garnishes: fresh cilantro sprigs, cucumber slices

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 8 ingredients in a bowl. Cover and chill at least 2 hours. Garnish, if desired.

  2. *1/2 teaspoon ground cumin may be substituted.