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Vegan Raita

  • Author: Liz Madsen
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Creamy, flavorful, and refreshing, this Vegan Raita is the perfect side to a spicy meal. Made in just 5-10 minutes, this simple dish complements Indian-style dishes perfectly.


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  • 16 oz plain vegan yogurt (see note 1 for recommendations)
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin or toasted cumin seeds, ground (see note 2)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
  • 1 small white/yellow/sweet onion, very finely diced
  • 3/4 cup seedless/Persian cucumbers, diced (or peel/seed regular cucumber)
  • 1-2 green chilies, seeded and minced, optional
  • 2-3 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped (see note 3)
  • 2-3 tablespoons mint leaves, finely chopped


  1. Mix the flavorings with the yogurt: Mix together the vegan yogurt, salt, cumin powder (or ground toasted cumin), and lemon juice until well combined.
  2. Add the veg: Add in the onion, cucumber, chilies (if using), and fresh herbs and stir gently.
  3. Serve: Serve this alongside your favorite curry or vegan biryani and enjoy!
  4. Store: Refrigerate leftovers for 2-3 days in an airtight container.


  • Note 1:  My favorite is Kite Hill plain yogurt because it’s thick and creamy but definitely a little tangy. Forager Project vegan yogurt is also really good. Keep in mind these are nut-based so if you cannot have nuts, you may be able to find plain coconut yogurt or plain soy yogurt. You can also substitute a sour cream like my tofu sour cream. I’d use less lemon till you try it--raita is supposed to be tangy but not super sour.
  • Note 2: I used cumin powder to keep it simple, but if you’d prefer, toast some cumin seeds in a dry pan and grind them in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder for more flavor.
  • Note 3: Fresh herbs are a hallmark of raita. If you aren’t a fan of cilantro, try parsley instead. 
  • Note 4: This is a basic raita--there are tons of varieties based on what vegetable or fruit you use and various ways of customizing it.
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Ingredient
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: Vegan, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Vegan Caramel Sauce