Raita, a soothing yogurt-based side dish, is an excellent foil to any spicy Indian dish. Although often made with a wide variety of vegetables and even bananas, Cucumber Raita is perhaps the most popular.
1 medium or 2 small cucumbers (about 300g/10oz total), peeled
Halve the cucumbers lengthwise and deseed them. Then cut crosswise into paper-thin slices. Sprinkle the salt over the cucumber and set aside to dram in a colander for 10 minutes. Squeeze out as much water from the cucumber as possible, then rinse off the salt and squeeze again. Allow to drain well.
Place the cucumber in a small bowl. Add the shallots, yogurt an