Cooling Yogurt Raita

Summer is a time for cooling, sweet fruits, and fresh flowers all of which pacify the excess heat and the pitta dosha.

Cucumber is good summer food and is thirst-relieving. Cucumber is sweet, astringent, cool, and decreases the Pitta dosha. It is a diuretic and good for urinary tract infections. They are good for anti-doting the heavy properties of yogurt, bread, and pasta making them easier to digest. I enjoy adding a dollop to my kitchadi, salads, on veggie wraps, or as a dip.

Cooling Yogurt Raita


1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 small cucumber (Persian are best), chopped small or pulsed in a food processor
1 bunch of chives, chopped1 bunch dill, chopped
1 small bunch of cilantro or parsley, or a bit of both, chopped
Pink salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste


  1. Stir everything together.
  2. Season to taste.
  3. Chill 1 hour before serving and if you’d like, garnish with fresh garden flowers!

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