Raita is a classic accompaniment to Indian food especially to rice & meat preparations (biryanis) and curries. A raita comprises of any combination of fresh vegetables or fruits (and sometimes, lentils); along with a lush yogurt dressing with warm spices and herbs. For anyone new to Indian flavors, a raita is a great salad to make along with Indian food, since the yogurt cuts through the spices in a curry.
Yogurt or Dahi plays an important part in meals across India. Many cuisines in the Indian subcontinent consider a meal incomplete without a small bowl of yogurt (known to aid digestion) and Daal (Indian lentil preparations) as accompaniments.
Here is my mum’s version of raita; handed down to me over the years. Feel free to experiment with different vegetables and fruits to suit your taste, while using the same recipe for the yogurt dressing. Some well-known raita additions: tomatoes, carrot, pumpkin, pineapple, banana, spinach, potato and boondi (fried gram flour mini dumplings.)
Prep time- 15 minutes
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