cucumber raita

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 long red chilli, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers (400g), deseeded, grated
  • ¼ cup mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup (280g) natural Greek-style (thick) yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt flakes
  1. Heat the oil in a small frying pan over low heat. Add the garlic, chilli and lemon zest and cook, stirring, for 1–2 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool.
  2. Place the cucumber in a clean tea towel and squeeze out any excess liquid. Place the cucumber in a medium bowl with the mint, yoghurt, lemon juice and salt. Stir to combine and top with the cooled oil mixture to serve.  Makes 1½ cups.
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