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Cucumber Raita Recipe

from Ayurveda Today, Volume 7, Number 4, Spring 1995

Serves 4-6 as side dish, 1 or 2 spoonfuls per person Cucumber is cooling and sweet but the skin is bitter. Both the cucumber and the yogurt in this recipe can provoke kapha. Kapha can eat this occasionally, with extra hing and mustard seeds. Doshic Notes Vata :: Balancing Pitta :: Balancing Kapha :: Increases


2 cucumbers 3 Tablespoons ghee 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 pinch of hing (asofoetida) 4 curry leaves, fresh or dried 1 small handful cilantro leaves, chopped 1/2 small green chili, chopped OR 1 pinch cayenne 1/2 cup plain yogurt


Skin and grate the cucumbers. Pour off and discard any excess juice. Heat the ghee in a saucepan over medium heat and add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing and curry leaves. Cook a moment until the seeds pop. Add the cayenne or chili and cilantro, shake and take the pan off the heat. Stir the yogurt and grated cucumber together in a bowl. Add the cooled spices to the yogurt mixture, mix well and serve.

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Vasant Lad BAM&S, MASc

Vasant Lad BAM&S, MASc

A native of India, he served for three years as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He was Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAM&S) degree from the University of Pune and a Master’s of Ayurvedic Science (MASc) degree from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya. The author of numerous books, Vasant Lad is respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda.