Banana Cucumber Raita

June 19, 2012mayurisjikoni
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What is a Raita?

Raita is a yogurt based dish which is usually served as an accompaniment to a main dish. Raita are usually made using vegetables like bottle gourd, radish, cucumber, beetroot and fruits like banana, pomegranate, grapes, pineapple, etc. However that does not mean a raita is limited to those ingredients. These days there are so many different types of raita that are prepared. The most common raita you will find served with biryanis and pulao is a boondi raita or onion raita. Boondi is fried little pearl like balls. These are made from a chickpea flour batter. Boondi is added to the spiced yogurt base.

How is Raita Served?

Raita is served as a side dish or accompaniment to a main dish. Usually any Indian Thali Meal will have a raita or chaas. Serving raita with a rice dish is common. Sometimes, we enjoy a raita as a healthy light meal or even serve it as a dip.

Banana Cucumber Raita

I’ve grown up enjoying banana cucumber raita. My mum this one frequently, especially whenever she made some tuvar ni dar. My grandfather always use to say ” there should be enough mustard powder in the raita so that when one eats it, the mustard should be pungent enough to tickle your nose.”

Different Types of Raita you can try out:

  • Baigan/ Eggplant Raita – the eggplant is roasted, peeled and mashed. Its tempered with some spices, onion and garlic, then added to the yogurt.
  • Pomegranate and Cucumber Raita – I like to have this simple and very flavorful raita on its own as a light meal
  • Priya’s sweet potato and coconut raita is on my list to try – Sakkaravalli Kizhangu Pachadi
  • Try out Jolly’s Sweet Raita with fruits and spices.
  • Add chow chow or Chayote to yogurt as Preethi does – Chow Chow Raita
  • Archana loves her Cauliflower Salad/ Raita with Prawn Khichdi
  • Priya Iyer’s Methi Raita is so delish. Its a must try recipe where she has added fresh fenugreek in yogurt with garlic. Best ever combination.
  • I love Boondi Raita and Renu’s recipe seems just the right one to try out at home.
  • I’ve yet to try a raita with raw mango. Sasmita’s Kairi Ka Raita looks really good.
  • Check out Sujata’s innovative Palak Raita – a yogurt dish made with spinach.
  • Try out Narmadha’s unusual Capsicum Raita.

 

Ingredients Required for Banana Cucumber Raita

  • Banana – ripe but not over ripe.
  • Cucumber – if you’re using a cucumber with thin skin then do not peel it. I like to use English Cucumber whenever possible. If the cucumber has too many seeds, remove them.
  • Yogurt – thick plain yogurt, either homemade or store bought. Can also use Greek Yogurt.
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Sugar – optional but adding a bit balances the flavours.
  • Coarse Mustard Powder – generally available ready made in any Indian Store. Its called rai na kuria or sarson ka chura. This mustard powder is actually a vital ingredient for any raita.
  • Cumin Powder – freshly roasted and round is the best
  • Coriander -also known as cilantro, fresh and chopped
  • Green Chillis – as per your taste, either sliced into thin rings or minced.

 

Dietary Tips:

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Satvik – no onion and garlic

 

 

 

BANANA CUCUMBER RAITA

Banana Cucumber Raita is a delicious, creamy, spicy yogurt based accompaniment that is usually served with an Indian Meal.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Light Meal, Side Dish
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups thick plain yogurt
  • 1 cup grated cucumber
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1-2 green chillis finely chopped or minced
  • 2 tsp coarse mustard powder
  • 3 tbsp fresh coriander chopped
  • some pomegranate arils optional

Instructions
 

  • Grate the cucumber and squeeze out the water from it by pressing it between your palms.
  • Peel and cut the bananas into slices or dice them. Add to the cucumber.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  • Chill the raita in the fridge for 20-30 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Remember to squeeze out the juice from the grated cucumber otherwise the raita will become watery.
  • Add the cucumber juice to water you drink or dip 2 cotton wool pieces and keep them on your eyes as a coolant.
  • Best to use freshly roasted and ground cumin powder.
Keyword creamy banana cucumber raita, spicy banana cucumber raita

 

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22 Comments

  • Archana

    October 10, 2020 at 6:16 am

    5 stars
    Wow! Such a delicious raita! This combo of cucumber and bananas is so different I have never heard of it. Intrresting will try.
    Thanks for including mine.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 20, 2020 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks Archana, please try the unusual combination of banana and cucumber.

  • Archana

    October 10, 2020 at 6:19 am

    5 stars
    Wow! Such a delicious raita! This combo of cucumber and bananas is so different I have never heard of it. Intrresting will try.
    Thanks for including mine

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 10, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks Archana, and that’s the raita I’ve grown up with. My mum always made it whenever there was toor dal.

  • Lata Lala

    October 13, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    5 stars
    With such unusual combination of banana and cucumber that I have never heard or tried, would love to make it at the earliest.
    The raita sounds so very interesting and easy to make Mayuri.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 14, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks Lata, I’m quite surprised as its a very Gujarati recipe. Unless its a Africa based Gujarati recipe, as that’s the raita I’ve grown up enjoying.

  • Rafeeda – The Big Sweet Tooth

    October 14, 2020 at 8:00 am

    5 stars
    I have been wanting to try the banana raita since long, since I know I would enjoy the mix of sweet and tangy. I feel like seizing that bowl and digging in my spoon, right away…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 14, 2020 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you so much Rafeeda. Go on make it and enjoy 🙂

  • Poonam bachhav

    October 14, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    5 stars
    Banana and cucumber combo and the use of mustard powder in a raita is new to me. Would love giving it a try sometime.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 14, 2020 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks Poonam, that’s our family recipe and many Gujaratis too make it. Raita without rai was not a raita for my grandfather.

  • Vanitha Bhat

    October 14, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    5 stars
    Absolute favorite accompaniment to my meals especially when there is pulao or biryani! Adding ripe bananas is a great idea dear; lends a lovely sweet hue to the cucumber raita! Looks super delicious!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 14, 2020 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you so much Vanitha. We usually pair it up with toor dal. If we make toor dal then its either chaas or this raita.

  • Bless my food by Payal

    October 14, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    5 stars
    This combo sounds really interesting. Though cucumber raita is very common but addition of banana makes it totally unique. Really interesting recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 14, 2020 at 11:29 pm

      Thank you so much Shailender. Try it, you may like it.

  • Uma Raghupathi

    October 15, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    5 stars
    The addition of banana to raita sounds interesting. we do most of the time cucumber raita, next time i will add the banana too 🙂 Thanks for the recipe

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 16, 2020 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks Uma. Hope the family likes it.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    October 16, 2020 at 4:08 am

    5 stars
    Mayuri, I always learn such new and innovative recipes from you and this is no exception. I would have never thought of making raita with ripe banana. I have to make it and make it just like how your grandfather would have liked it 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 16, 2020 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya, am sure my grandfather is smiling and blessing you 🙂

  • Padma Veeranki

    October 17, 2020 at 12:21 am

    5 stars
    This is such an unusual combination of banana and cucumber…I have never heard or tried. Sounds interesting and easy to make…Unique recipe !!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 17, 2020 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you so much Padma. I’m really surprised that all have commented that its unusual. Never thought of it as that as this is the raita I grew up enjoying.

  • Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey

    October 17, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    A delicious and cooling side dish to any spice meal, the addition of banana in cucumber is good, one can skip the sugar in the raita.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 17, 2020 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Jagruti, yes one can skip the sugar especially since bananas are sweet.

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