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Ranch Raita Dip (Cowboys in India)

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Introduction

I came up with this as a figure-friendly party dip for an actress friend. I don't know how well known Ranch Salad Dressing is outside the US, but it is a very popular mix of buttermilk, mayonnaise and a blend of seasonings available in packets. I thought the seasonings would marry nicely with an Indian Raita, a mix of diced cucumber, yogurt, cumin, and chopped cilantro. Turns out, it does.

I came up with this as a figure-friendly party dip for an actress friend. I don't know how well known Ranch Salad Dressing is outside the US, but it is a very popular mix of buttermilk, mayonnaise and a blend of seasonings available in packets. I thought the seasonings would marry nicely with an Indian Raita, a mix of diced cucumber, yogurt, cumin, and chopped cilantro. Turns out, it does.

Ingredients

Serves: 4-6

Metric Cups

For the Dip

  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 473 millilitres plain yoghurt (non-fat)
  • 11⅓ grams ranch dressing

For the Seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander (scissored off the bunch)
  • cayenne pepper (or paprika, for garnish)

For the Dip

  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 17 fluid ounce plain yogurt (non-fat)
  • ⅖ ounce ranch dressing

For the Seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (scissored off the bunch)
  • cayenne pepper (or paprika, for garnish)

Method

Ranch Raita Dip (Cowboys in India) is a community recipe submitted by JonMc and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • In a mixing bowl, stir the yogurt until it is smooth. Dump in contents of Ranch Dressing packet and the cumin. Set aside.
  • Peel cucumber, then cut in half lengthwise. Drag tip of a teaspoon down the center to remove seeds. Cut in half again across making four shorter pieces. Halve then quarter lengthwise, and then dice.
  • Add diced cucumber to yogurt. Scissor in the fresh coriander/coriander. Stir.
  • Allow to cure at least an hour in refrigerator in bowl under cling film. T
  • ransfer to serving bowl.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of cayenne or paprika before serving.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir the yogurt until it is smooth. Dump in contents of Ranch Dressing packet and the cumin. Set aside.
  • Peel cucumber, then cut in half lengthwise. Drag tip of a teaspoon down the center to remove seeds. Cut in half again across making four shorter pieces. Halve then quarter lengthwise, and then dice.
  • Add diced cucumber to yogurt. Scissor in the cilantro/coriander. Stir.
  • Allow to cure at least an hour in refrigerator in bowl under cling film. T
  • ransfer to serving bowl.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of cayenne or paprika before serving.
  • Additional Information

    If the packets of Ranch dressing seasoning aren't available to you, you can appoximate it by using 1 tsp of dried parsley flakes, 1 tsp garlic salt, ½ tsp dried onion powder, ¼ tsp ground black pepper, and ¼ tsp Accent or MSG (if your system can tolerate it, it is optional). Serve with toasted strips of naan or pita. Feel free to use low fat or regular yogurt, sour cream, or even crème fraîche if you like.

    If the packets of Ranch dressing seasoning aren't available to you, you can appoximate it by using 1 tsp of dried parsley flakes, 1 tsp garlic salt, ½ tsp dried onion powder, ¼ tsp ground black pepper, and ¼ tsp Accent or MSG (if your system can tolerate it, it is optional). Serve with toasted strips of naan or pita. Feel free to use low fat or regular yogurt, sour cream, or even crème fraîche if you like.

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