Yield: 2 cups
A common accompaniment in Indian cooking, this makes a wonderful and refreshing topping, dip or side dish for many meals.
Peel cucumber. Cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips, then into thin slices crosswise. Blot off moisture with paper towels.
Toast cumin seeds for a few seconds in a small, heavy frying pan over high heat.
In a bowl, stir yogurt until smooth. Mix with cumin, garlic and cilantro or mint. Combine mixture with cucumber slivers, sprinkle with cayenne or paprika, and chill before serving.