Raita Cool Down

Course : Condiments
Serves: 4
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2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger root -- minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 medium plum tomatoes -- seeded and chopped
1 cup cucumbers -- peeled and diced
4 medium scallions thinly sliced
1 clove garlic -- minced
1 1/2 cups yogurt
1 dash Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon salt -- to taste
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves -- coarsely chopped

Preparation / Directions:

1 . Chop the tomatoes into inch dice. 2 . Chop the scallions diagonally including three inches of green. 3. Place the oil, ginger, and cumin in a small skillet. 4. Cook over low heat for one minute, stirring constantly. 5. Scrape mixture in to a mixing bowl with a rubber spatula, add tomatoes, cucumber, scallions, and garlic. Stir well to combine. 6 . Add the remaining ingredients and fold gently to combine. Adjust the seasonings. 7. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour but no longer than three. Stir well before serving.

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