Indian Yogurt Sauce


As Sudha Chalicham and Venu Chaganti, from Andhra Pradesh, India, taught Lindsay Sterling in Scarborough, ME.

Note: Raita is a cooling yogurt sauce that balances spicy food. 
Makes: 4-6 servings
Cooking time: 5 minutes


  • 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp diced fresh tomato (optional)
  • 1 Indian green chili (super hot, and small, also known as Thai chili), sliced into thin circles
  • about 1/2 cup water, depending on how thick your yogurt is


Add cilantro, yogurt, salt, tomato (optional), and chili pepper to a mixing bowl. Mix in enough water so that the texture of the sauce is loose but not watery. Enjoy with spicy food.