A Raita is one of those dishes that is ‘according to taste’ … your taste. So feel free to use more or even less of the chili, ginger and garlic. This is a great side dish with any curry or even roast lamb instead of Tzatsiki.
Cut cucumber through the centre lengthways and scrape out the seeds with a teaspoon.
Grate the cucumber coarsely and place in a colander to drain, pushing the flesh into the colander with you hand to get as much liquid out as possible.
Transfer the cucumber to a mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients except the whole mint sprigs. Mix well and spoon into small serving bowls.
Chill until required, garnish and serve.
Yields about 6 servings.