What is Raita?

What is Raita?

While we all love Indian cuisine, the spices can be a bit much for some. Fortunately for those who love Indian food but can’t take the heat, you can complement your meal with raita for both an extra touch of flavor and to keep your mouth cool while eating. Raita is comprised of salted yogurt or Dahi, coupled with herbs, salt, citrus and most commonly cucumber. Primarily a side dish, it is matched with courses like curry for a soothing texture to the heat. Not only that, but raita is also fairly simple to make. If you’re interested in giving it a try, check out the recipe and instructions below from Vegas’ best, Tamba Lounge.

How To Make Raita

  1. Begin with 2 cups of plain yogurt.
  2. Pick your poison, add your favorite spices with a whisk. Here are our picks: green onions, cilantro, coriander, and a sprig of mint.
  3. Add chopped cucumbers to the concoction for a crunch.
  4. Squeeze a lime or lemon into the mixture. Keep whisking!
  5. Lastly, a dash of salt to the taste. If it is too tangy for your liking add more yogurt to dilute the mixture.
  6. Mix with diligence until there is a creamy consistency and let the raita cool in the fridge.
  7. Sprinkle cayenne pepper when ready to serve for a delightful kick.

Optional Additions

Though cucumbers are the common choice for raita, you’re never limited to such. There’s a variety of both fruits and vegetables you can add to the mix to make raita your own. If cucumbers aren’t your thing, or you want to try something new the next time around, consider adding the fruits and veggies listed below:

  • Carrots
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Tomato
  • Kiwi
  • Pomegranate

How To Eat Raita

Raita above all is a condiment, so let’s treat it like one shall we? Usually it is a spice alleviate, so pouring it onto those hot rice and meat dishes is key. Don’t limit yourself however. It’s your raita, so eat however you prefer. Of course, if you need some ideas for what it pairs well with, Tamba Lounge can help. Take a look at the list below for some great foods to eat alongside or mixed with your raita:

  • Lamb burgers
  • Chip and pita dip
  • Salad dressing
  • Sandwiches
  • Tamba Lounge leftovers!

While you can always create your own Indian cuisine at home, be sure to visit Tamba Lounge when on the Las Vegas Strip for some true Indian cuisine. Offering the best in Vegas, our menu is comprised of a variety of authentic dishes, mixed with new takes on favorites.


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