Cucumber Raita

This cooling condiment, similar to Greek tzatziki, is often served alongside spicier dishes to cool the palate. Be sure to use long, thin English cucumbers.

1½English cucumbers

¼ cup fresh mint or cilantro leaves, chopped

juice of 1 lemon or lime

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon coriander

½ red onion, chopped (optional)

½ teaspoon ginger (optional)

½ (13.66-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk (stirred to combine water and cream),
or ½ cup raw cashews soaked in ¾ cup water for at least
30 minutes

salt, to taste

Grate cucumber (unless they are waxed, there is no need to peel first). Squeeze out excess moisture.

If using coconut milk, beat with a fork or whisk until smooth. If using cashews, blend with soaking water.

Combine all ingredients, and mix until combined. Add salt to taste just before serving.

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