Raita is one of those dishes that you would think would be more popular in other parts of the world considering how simple it is to make and how delicious it is. Turns out not many people actually know what raita is. Even people who are die-hard Indian food lovers!
So, if you’re one of those people, let me explain to you what raita is. It’s made of yoghurt and (usually) raw vegetables. There can also be additional seasonings, such as cumin seeds and chaat masala. I like to add coriander in my raita sometimes.
One thing that it is good to keep in mind with coriander is that most of the flavour comes from the stalks. I like to add the stalks to my curries and use the leaves for garnishes to make my dishes look more appealing. If you’re not one for garnishing then just add the leaves along with the stalks. Just don’t forget the stalks!
There are several different raita recipes and you do like to change up how I make my raita. It is just one of those side dishes that are so easily mixed and matched. I have tried adding ingredients including chickpeas and green chillies. Both tasted delicious, but it’s all up to your own palate. If you LOVE coriander (me!) then add a whole handful. If you don’t like cucumbers, then don’t add tomatoes.
Speaking of cucumbers, I have been growing my own plants all through spring and summer. My kids absolutely love the mini cucumbers that are growing in the garden. I’ve been growing several different vegetables. My main success stories being my tomatoes and cucumber. Both of which are perfect for this recipe! Although, I don’t actually want to take them off because they make the garden look so pretty!
Cucumber raita is an Indian condiment served alongside spicy curries or alongside Indian starters such as samosas, pakoras and kebabs. This Indian yoghurt sauce is also perfect for a biryani raita recipe or paired with pulao.
This cooling onion raita recipe is flavoured with mint and cumin seeds and is a refreshing accompaniment with those spicy starters. This Indian raita recipe will not take long to whip up but is a necessary part of any Indian meal.
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