The “Lazy Laura” would be me. Usually by the time I remember to make raita for an Indian meal the last thing I want to do is a bunch of chopping. So I don’t. I whirl everything together in the food processor.
If you have a better memory than me, raita should sit in the refrigerator for a couple hours. However, I usually just throw it together in a panic and serve it right way.
Lazy Laura’s Cucumber Raita
1 large cucumber or English cucumber
2 (6 ounce) containers plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup fresh mint or cilantro
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Peel the cucumber with a carrot peeler. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon making a tunnel; discard seeds. Chop into big chunks and toss in the food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and process to combine.
Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Recipe & photograph by Laura Flowers.