Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Indian salad made with yogurt and chopped vegetables or fruits, such as cucumbers, spinach, or bananas.

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  • n. A condiment used as a dip or sauce in the cuisine of southern Asia, made from seasoned yogurt

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  • n. an Indian side dish of yogurt and chopped cucumbers and spices

Etymologies

Hindi rāytā, from Sanskrit *rājikātiktakaḥ, mustard pickle : rājikā, black mustard (probably from rājiḥ, streak, line, from ṛjyati, he stretches out; see reg- in Indo-European roots) + tiktaka-, bitter (from tikta-, past participle of tejate, it is sharp; see steig- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hindi rāytā. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If you were to chop up some salad vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes, carrot, radish, onion) and stir in some yogurt and cumin to make a raita, the combination of stuffed paratha and raita is both filling and nutritious!

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • The raita is the term often used for salads made in North Indian style, usually seasoned with cumin, mint and yogurt.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • During the sultry days of summer, a big bowl of raita is a truly refreshing treat.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • This raita is best when you are running out of fresh veggies.

    Boondi and Raita

  • This Marathi version of raita is distinguished by the presence of peanut powder, which just makes it so much tastier!

    Archive 2005-11-01

  • The raita is a cool counter-point to the spiciness of the biryani.

    Archive 2005-06-01

  • The bundi ka raita is again my favorite, can have lots:) My mouth is watering.

    Stuff Paratha Minus Aloo

  • The raita is a simple combination of cucumber, garlic and yogurt.

    Simplicity Deconstructed

  • My idea of salad usually is to make a quick yogurt-based "raita" or to put out a bowl of baby carrots and a platter of cucumber and tomato slices.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • It does share is a close resemblance to the Indian 'raita' which is a side dish married to Biriyani pilaf and its likes.

    Archive 2008-05-01

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