Wednesday, June 19, 2013



A raita is a yogurt based relish, dip or salad of sorts, frequently used in Indian cooking. It can be made using vegetables, pulses or fruits. Today, I present to you one made of mint and coriander. As you know, mint is an aromatic herb which has many interesting properties as you can see from this post in FitDay.

The beauty of a raita is that it is cool and supplements a main dish, usually of rice such as a biriyani or a pulao. It is always served as an accompaniment.

I like this easy-to-make dish for its minty flavour and aroma which blends well with the taste of the whisked yogurt. The sprinkling of chilli powder and jeera (cumin) powder as garnishing adds to the looks as well as the taste of this raita.

  • Mint leaves, 1/2 cup
  • Coriander leaves, 1/2 cup
  • Green chilli, chopped, 1
  • Yogurt, 1 cup
  • Sugar, 1 tsp
  • Black salt, (Kala Namak), to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Roasted Cumin Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1/4 tsp

Wash and clean the mint and coriander leaves thoroughly
In a blender, grind together the mint and coriander leaves along with the green chilli, to a paste using a little water
Whisk yogurt using a fork till smooth
Add the ground mint-coriander-chilli paste to the whisked yogurt
Next add the sugar, black salt and regular salt
Mix well and garnish with roasted cumin powder and red chilli powder
Refrigerate until you are ready to serve

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