Mint Raita
Mint Raita
5 from 3 votes
Unearth the vibrant flavours of an Indian classic - mint raita. This refreshing yogurt-based side dish teems with fresh vegetables and mint sauce, promising a tangy bite with every spoonful. Not only is it easy to prepare, but it also promises to take your meal to an entirely new level of deliciousness.

In the heart of Indian cuisine lies a refreshing delight known as Mint Raita. This creamy yogurt-based dish, infused with the invigorating essence of mint, is a perfect complement to a wide array of meals.

Originating from the Indian subcontinent, Mint Raita has transcended borders to become a beloved accompaniment worldwide.

Crafting this culinary masterpiece may seem daunting at first glance, but fear not, for Mint Raita embraces simplicity without compromising on flavor. With a handful of readily available ingredients and a few simple steps, you can elevate any meal with the vibrant freshness of Mint Raita.

Prepare to embark on a journey of culinary delight as we delve into the art of creating Mint Raita. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe promises to awaken your taste buds and leave a lasting impression on your palate.

Expert Tip: Don’t skip the refrigeration step! Chilling Mint Raita allows the flavors to develop and meld together, resulting in a more delicious and refreshing dish.


Yoghurt: Yogurt lends a creamy and rich texture that brings out the essence of other ingredients. Yoghurt also adds a subtle tanginess that elevates the overall flavour profile.  

Onions: Onions are an incredible flavour booster. They impart a crunch to the raita and have a slight sweetness when bitten into. The strong, pungent flavour adds depth to the dish. If you find onions too overpowering, you can opt for scallions or chives for a milder taste. 

Tomatoes: These vibrant red delights add a juicy, tangy kick to the raita. Tomatoes, when mixed with yoghurt, balance out the richness and enhance the overall tanginess. If tomatoes aren’t your favourite, red bell peppers can be a good alternative. 

Cucumber: Cucumber adds a refreshing crispness to the Mint Raita. The high water content gives the dish a cooling effect, perfect for a summer day. If you’re looking for something different, try zucchini for its mild flavour and similar texture. 

Carrots: Adding grated carrots gives a slightly sweet flavour and a contrasting colour, which makes the dish visually appealing. Its crunchiness complements the overall texture. Radish, with its similar texture and peppery taste, can be a nice alternative. 

Cumin Seeds: Cumin seeds introduce an earthy, warm undertone to the cool raita. They balance the tanginess of the yoghurt and the freshness of the mint. Caraway seeds, with their slightly more pungent taste, can be used as an alternative. 

Mint Sauce: This is what sets this dish apart. The freshness of the mint cuts through the creaminess of the yoghurt, creating a balance that’s uniquely satisfying. If mint sauce isn’t available, you can blend fresh mint leaves with a bit of water to make a paste. 

Salt: Salt acts as a flavour enhancer, tying together all the elements of the dish. Without it, the raita might taste bland. If you’re on a low-sodium diet, substitutes like potassium chloride can work.

Expert Tip: Adjust the amount of mint sauce according to your preference for a more or less intense mint flavor.

Serving Suggestions

  • Pair it with Indian classics: Mint Raita is a perfect accompaniment to a variety of Indian dishes such as biryani, kebabs, tikkas, and curries. Its cooling properties provide a refreshing contrast to the bold flavors and spices of these dishes, creating a harmonious balance on your plate.
  • Serve with grilled meats: Whether it’s juicy tandoori chicken, succulent lamb chops, or grilled fish, Mint Raita adds a burst of freshness and flavor to grilled meats. Its creamy texture and herbaceous notes complement the smoky char of the meats, creating a mouthwatering combination that’s sure to impress.
  • Use as a dip: Transform Mint Raita into a delicious dip by serving it alongside crispy papadums, crunchy vegetable crudites, or warm naan bread. Its creamy consistency and refreshing taste make it the perfect dip for parties, gatherings, or casual snacking.
  • Dress up salads: Give your salads a refreshing twist by drizzling Mint Raita as a dressing. Its creamy texture and zesty flavor elevate simple salads into gourmet delights, adding a burst of freshness and vibrancy to every bite.
  • Enhance sandwiches and wraps: Spread Mint Raita onto sandwiches, wraps, or burgers to add a burst of flavor and moisture. Its creamy consistency and cooling properties complement the other ingredients, creating a satisfying and flavorful meal.

Expert Tip: For a creamier texture, strain the yogurt before using it in Mint Raita to remove excess water.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use Greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt in Mint Raita?

Absolutely! Greek yogurt can be used as a substitute for regular yogurt in Mint Raita. However, keep in mind that Greek yogurt tends to be thicker and tangier than regular yogurt, so you may need to adjust the consistency and seasoning accordingly to achieve the desired taste and texture.

How long can I store Mint Raita in the refrigerator?

Mint Raita can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. However, keep in mind that the texture and flavor may change slightly over time, so it’s best enjoyed fresh whenever possible.

Can I customize Mint Raita with additional ingredients?

Absolutely! Mint Raita is highly versatile and can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Feel free to experiment with additional ingredients such as chopped cilantro, green chilies, roasted cumin powder, or even a dash of lemon juice to add extra flavor and complexity to the dish.

Is Mint Raita suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

Yes, Mint Raita is suitable for vegetarians. However, if you’re following a vegan diet, you can easily make a dairy-free version of Mint Raita by using plant-based yogurt instead of dairy yogurt. Simply choose a plain, unsweetened plant-based yogurt as a substitute, and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Can I make Mint Raita ahead of time for a party or gathering?

Absolutely! Mint Raita is an excellent make-ahead dish for parties and gatherings. Simply prepare it a few hours before serving and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. This allows the flavors to meld together and enhances the overall taste of the dish. Just give it a quick stir before serving, and you’re all set to impress your guests with this refreshing and flavorful side dish.

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Mint Raita

by Nabeela Kauser
Unearth the vibrant flavours of an Indian classic – mint raita. This refreshing yogurt-based side dish teems with fresh vegetables and mint sauce, promising a tangy bite with every spoonful.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 8
Calories 52 kcal


  • 400 g Yoghurt
  • 1 Onions
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • ½ Cucumber
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 tsp Mint Sauce
  • ½ tsp Salt


  • Dice up the onion, tomatoes and cucumber into small cubes then grate the carrot into small thin pieces
  • In a bowl add some plain yoghurt along with the diced vegetables then mix to ensure everything is incorporated evenly
  • Add the cumin seeds, salt and mint sauce then stir to ensure it is mixed evenly
  • Refrigerate or serve immediately as an accompaniment to samosas or lamb chapli kebabs!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 52kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 177mgPotassium: 225mgFibre: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1596IUVitamin C: 7mgVitamin D: 0.1µgCalcium: 74mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword Cucumber, Dips, Ramadan, Recipe, Sauces, Yoghurt
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