Raita – Perugu Pachadi – Healthy Indian Salad

Raita, an Indian Cucumber Salad is one of the most popular salad recipes in India. This salad recipe is one of the coolest and healthiest salad. Raita is a yogurt based condiment that serves the purpose of a spread or dip.

This cool salad recipe has yogurt (dahi, curd, perugu) as the base and is a regular salad in regular Indian meals or thali. Its called Raita in North India and Pachadi in South India. Pachadis can be eaten as a salad and are usually served along with white rice, biryani and pulao (special Indian rice dishes). Raita can be made with most vegetables like onions, cucumber, carrots or leafy vegetables. Well, you can make raita with most veggies you can ever think of.:)

This is a very healthy salad and good for cooling our system. South Indians temper their pachadis with few spices. For tempering, heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan, add 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add few curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida. Remove from fire and add this to the pachadi.

Raita recipe – Learn how to make Indian Cucumber salad

Raita – Perugu Pachadi – Healthy Indian Salad

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 4

 Main Ingredients:

  •  cucumber
  •   yogurt


  •   Cucumber - 1 large (peeled and chopped fine)
  •   Onion - 1, finely chopped
  •   Green chilies - 2 finely chopped
  •   Fresh coriander leaves - a tbsp

Method for making Raita – Perugu Pachadi – Healthy Indian Salad

In a bowl, mix 1 cup of chopped cucumber (Kheera), chopped onions, salt and whipped curd (yogurt).
Add the chopped green chilies and mix.
You can add 1/2 cup of water if you do not want a thick raita. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves (cilantro).
Best served chilled. You can add 2 tbsp of grated carrot and 1/2 cup of chopped red tomatoes as variation for added flavour and color.


  •   Make a coarse paste of 2 green chillies and 1 tbsp of grated coconut and add to the yogurt mixture.
  •   You can add 2 tbsp of grated carrot and 1/2 cup of chopped red tomatoes as variation for added flavour and color.


Learn how to make a quick Indian salad recipe, Raita, an Indian cucumber salad aka Perugu Pachadi. Popular Indian salad recipe with Dahi (Yogurt) and Kakdi (Indian cucumber).
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10161823 vkn

    Wow good start Sailu. I love Ayurvedic cooking especially organic ones.

    Raita recipe is excellent. Let us stay in touch. I am linking you from my food blog. Cheers!

  • sailu

    Thanks vkn! Will post more ayurvedic recipes. Your blog rocks!!! Sure will stay in touch with some wonderful tips and recipes.

  • Priya

    It’s a lovely recipe. I will be very happy if you could give more varities of spicy recipes, since i am a vegeetarian.

  • minkuri srilatha


    Naaku chala santhosham ga undi. Nenu modhati sari ee site choosthunnanu.
    Kobbari edi vaadithe manchidi pachida ledha endinadha.
    Kheera edhi manchidi pyna pottu thesthena lekha unchithena.
    Uppoo lo kooda raathi uppoo ani, syndhava lavanam ani unnavi.
    Raathi uppoo lo syndhava lavanam lo iodine untundha lekha pothe ela.
    Naa prashnalaku javaabhu cheppagalarani ashisthu


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