YieldsServes 6 (makes 3/4 cup) (serving size: 2 tbsp.)
AuthorTroy MacLarty,
Troy MacLarty, of Bollywood Theater in Portland, Oregon, serves this creamy raita with fried okra, but it's a delicious accompaniment to nearly any Indian meal. To approximate the milder flavor of yogurt in India, he drains yogurt overnight and blends in a bit of milk, but for a quick version, use 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, which is naturally thicker, and don't drain it.

 

How to Make It

Step 1
1

If draining yogurt, line a strainer with cheesecloth, set over a bowl, and add yogurt. Cover and chill overnight to drain.

Step 2
2

Cut cucumber in half lengthwise and seed. Peel one half, cut into chunks, and purée in a blender. Finely shred remaining cucumber with a box grater or mandoline and squeeze dry with your hands.

Step 3
3

In a bowl, stir together yogurt, all of cucumber, 1/2 tsp. salt, the cilantro, and 1 tsp. lime juice. Add milk or water to thin the texture so it's like loose yogurt. Season to taste with more salt or lime juice if you like.

Step 4
4

Make ahead: Up to 2 days, chilled.

Ingredients

 2/3 cup plain whole-milk yogurt if draining overnight or 1/2 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt if not draining
 5 ounces English cucumber (about 1/3 of a cucumber)
  About 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
 1 to 3 tsp. lime juice
 2 to 4 tbsp. whole milk or water

Directions

Step 1
1

If draining yogurt, line a strainer with cheesecloth, set over a bowl, and add yogurt. Cover and chill overnight to drain.

Step 2
2

Cut cucumber in half lengthwise and seed. Peel one half, cut into chunks, and purée in a blender. Finely shred remaining cucumber with a box grater or mandoline and squeeze dry with your hands.

Step 3
3

In a bowl, stir together yogurt, all of cucumber, 1/2 tsp. salt, the cilantro, and 1 tsp. lime juice. Add milk or water to thin the texture so it's like loose yogurt. Season to taste with more salt or lime juice if you like.

Step 4
4

Make ahead: Up to 2 days, chilled.

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