The first time I ate raita, I was in Mumbai.  I was still quite new to Indian food (we are talking about over 10 years ago!) and everything seemed too spicy for me!  That’s when I was served some raita… I loved it immediately as it was refreshing and cooling (the weather was also very hot!) and I ate quite a bit of it during that holiday.  I still like raita and I often make it with whatever fresh veggies I have in the fridge.  For whoever does not know, raita is a refreshing accompaniment made with yogurt, vegetables and spices that is usually served on the side to main dishes in Indian cuisine.  The recipe I am going to share with you today is my “go to” raita recipe as I always have those ingredients in the fridge.  You can also use it as a “base” and add your favourite veggies to it.  Also, note that I don’t like my raita spicy as I serve it as an accompaniment to food that is already spicy, but feel free to use more chilli if you like.  This is perfect to eat with biryani!  Enjoy!

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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Indian
  • 2 cups Greek style yogurt
  • 2 tbsp onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp carrots, grated
  • ½ tsp green chilli, finely chopped (you can increase this to taste)
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • 1 pinch red chilli powder
  • A few mint leaves
  • A few coriander leaves
  • 1 pinch sugar (if your yogurt is too sour)
  • Salt to taste
  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Decorate it with some more mint and coriander leaves and serve cold.



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  1. neenah says

    My ex-husband is from Bangladesh and his mom used to make this all the time-you brought back a good memory for me-thank you.

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