Summer has just begun and I feel dehydrated already. In fact many of you feel the same and when it comes to eating solid food, would like to eat salads, raitas. Of course you need to drink more water or juices. You also need fibre and other vital nutrients to fight the fatigue. So eat lot of fresh vegetables in the form of salads. Raita is just the south Indian version of vegetable salad. Here is the simplest recipe of raita using Tomato, Onion and Cucumber which can be served with varieties of plain prathas or with rice items. You can eat this as plain salad too. I usually prepare this Cucumber-Onion-Tomato Raita with Pulaos. Children usually will like to have as it is. Cucumber has lots of water content in it, so it helps to hydrate our body especially in summer. So it is better to have raw watery vegetables or fruits in summer.
We get many varieties of Cucumber in market. One is sambar cucumber or mangalore cucumber (BannSouthe in Kannada) which we usually prepare sambar. Always try to find the thin long one, tender Cucumber to prepare this Raita, of which you can use the seeds also. I always love to use dark green colour cucumber which usually we get here in many vegetable shops. It is very simple recipe, Just chop all the vegetables and add Curd, Salt then mix it. Chopping vegetables is a tricky job; so I usually use my Tupperware Smart Chopper to chop the vegetables for the raita. You can stop chopping at any size you need. You can use Black Salt to the raita to get different taste.
Cucumber-Onion-Tomato Raita Ingredients:
- Cucumber – 1
- Onion – 1
- Tomato – 1
- Thick Curd – 1 Cup
- Chopped Coriander Leaves – 1 tsp (Optional)
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
How to Make Cucumber-Onion-Tomato Raita:
- Finely chop the Cucumber, Onion and Tomato and transfer it to a bowl. If you are using a seeded Cucumber, remove the seed before you chop. It is better to use tender and green ones so you need not remove them.
- Add thick curd to the chopped vegetables and salt.
- Mix it well and serve immediately. If you are serving late add the Salt and Curd at the end, just before you serve.