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!
How to make a refreshing accompaniment for any Indian main dish: Raita.
- 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
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.
kelly @ kellybakes says
This has me wishing for warm weather, kabobs and eating late dinner outside before the fireflies come out. I love this combination of flavors. I must try it!
Shoba Shrinivasan says
Look at all those colours!!!
Can’t love this more!
Can’t wait to DIY this myself !
Hope I can be successful!
Ella-Home Cooking Adventure says
Will definitely try it, didn’t try raita so far:)
I love raita, it is rich creamy and you can get so creative with it. love the creaminess of your raita
Somehow, I very often go for a cucumber raita!
Suzanne Perazzini says
I really enjoy the coolness of a yoghurt raita with all curries. It’s a perfect balance.