Cilantro & Mint Raita

The ‘Cilantro & Mint’ combination can be very addictive, full of flavor and freshness. Try this Cilantro and Mint Raita and you’ll wonder if you are eating the Raita with the Biryani or the Biryani with the Raita. Between us, we think they were ‘made for each other’…


Cilantro – 15-20 springs
Fresh Mint Leaves (no stalks) – handful
Yogurt/Curd – 1 Cup, well beaten
Salt – to taste
Green Chili – to taste
Roasted Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
Chaat Masala – 1/4 tsp


1. Grind the Cilantro (Coriander leaves), Mint Leaves and Green Chili into a paste with a couple of spoons of Yogurt.
2. Add the Cilantro, Mint & Green Chili paste to the well-beaten Yogurt.
3. Add in the Roasted Cumin Powder, Chaat Masala and Salt.
4. Mix well, chill and serve with Biryani or any other dish.

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0 thoughts on “Cilantro & Mint Raita

  1. Hi Hetal and Anuja
    This is with reference to your Tuesday tip to make perfect yogurt. thanks to this tip I have been successfully making yogurt at home. But since two weeks since temperatures have been falling I am having problems. It does set good but has this stringy consistency when you scoop out a spoon of it. Hoping you have a solution to this

    Thanks again

  2. Is this the same Raita that I see at Indian restaurants that is placed atop salads? If so, I just love all the fresh and natural flavors that Indian food provides and I am so impressed with you two and thank you for making Indian cooking accessable to all of us who love tasty Indian food.

    1. Hi Shadia,

      This raita can be a salad dressing but also enjoyed with things like biryani or aloo paratha, etc. We’re glad you are finding SMTC useful!

  3. Hi Hetal & Anuja,
    I recently join your website. I don’t even know the first letter cooking.
    But your website created addiction for cooking. I can see how u enjoyed
    Cooking. I also want to expert in cooking n impress my husband.
    I have requested you to show exact microwave oven application with
    Your cooking recipe also. Bcoz I used with small sized microwave oven
    In India. I came USA n seen big size microwave n oven. I am afraid to handle that bcoz of fire n all. We are using g&e microwave. Thank you n appreciated. Love you

    1. Hi Shreya,

      The big microwaves work the same way as small ones. You have to be careful not to put anything metal inside, including foil. We try not to heat or cook food that has oil in it in plastic containers as it tends to burn the plastic. Use glass if and when possible.

  4. Awesome and very refreshing….made it for dinner …my husband loved it and i was left with empty bowl :(….but thanks for sharing your kitchen secrets with us….

  5. hi hetal and anuja.
    thnx for this lovely recipe.
    hey rush hour i m really impressd dat u r cooking expert.i can feel d happiness of ur husband coz my husband also want me to b an expert in cooking n m waiting 4 dat day wen i will be calld an expert.

  6. Its so easy …n terribly kool!!

    I dint know cooking til i got married…after marriage i discovered dis great website…after that things chnaged..

    now d cooking experts in my family calls me…Guess for what???
    to clear their cooking doubts!!!

  7. hey hi dr…………
    i m following ur recipe………dey r jst simple nd easy to follow……gud 4 d beginner lyk me who has jst strted learning cooking……..ur dishes r jst awsome……….thanks 4 ur guide………luv u

  8. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    I have had this raitha whenever we order biriyani from the restaurant. I was wondering, how it is made. Thanks for sharing this raitha recipe. I would try it tonight for sure. I usually prepare the onion and tomato raitha. This can be tried for a change.


  9. Hi hetal n Anuja,

    I tried this raita n it came out very everyday I search and try new dishes from your site.Thank you so much.keep it up.

  10. Hi Hetal and Anuja,

    Just a ques…
    let say i dont have chaat masala, what can i substitute it with? or if i dont the particular ingredient is it ok? its difficult to find this masala in my country.


    1. Hi Jayme,
      Chaat Masala is a combination of a bunch of spices including a few different types of salts….some of them very hard to find 🙁
      Try skipping it and add some Amchur (dry Mango Powder)
      Hope you can find that….or just skip it, it’ll still taste great 🙂

  11. Hi
    thank you for the recipies
    I want to ask about the yellow yougert which served with biryanilike in HyderAbad i have tried there and i really found it delicious if you can give me the recipie
    thank you alot
    and i really like your site

    1. Hi huda

      It sounds like turmeric powder is added in the tampering. In andhra area we tamper yogurt with turmeric powder, mustars seeds, fenugreek(only 3,4),onions, curryleaves. And this is another version of yogurt chutney, i guess you happen to taste the same item. I just gone through this page so very very late information….

      Bye the way i love your simple yet nice presentations heetal and anuja…all the best


  12. I am making the rita to go with chicken biryani… I do not have the fresh ingredients but I have dried cilantro and mint leaves.. can i substitue them in the recipe..

  13. The chutney was delicious…everything that I have tried has been delicious so far…every single dish..I was wondering if u could show us how to make pani puri..especially the hot pani or watery chutney for pani puri…that would be of great help to me as well as all other viewers.

    Thank you!

  14. Looks delicious!

    Would also like to know what kind of blender/grinder you’re using. Seems perfect for chutney making…

  15. Hetal/Anuja,

    Could you please please tell me where did you buy the grinder to grind the cilantro mint and the whole thing. Its a good one. Please let me know…….I would appreciate it….

    Thanks and Regards,

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