Raita is a classical Indian condiment or dip made from yoghurt and your choice of add-ins. When you mention raita, I imagine that most people in the UK would think of the minty yoghurt served in Indian restaurants with poppadoms or tandoori chicken for example. This recipe is most similar to these raitas; it can, however, be made with a variety of different vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices. Popular additions include coriander, cucumber, green chillies, red peppers/capsicum, onion, tomatoes, walnuts, pineapple, mango, apples, cumin, turmeric, salt, pepper and sugar. The options are endless.
A wonderful way to balance a fiery chutney, grilled meats or curry, the yoghurt in the raita helps balance any spicy heat whilst the mint brings a refreshing and slightly sweet flavour. The addition of spices and seasoning adds a depth and savoury hint to the dish.
This particular and very simple recipe is from Vicky Bhogal’s Cooking Like Mummyji -a fabulous British Asian Cookery book focusing on Punjabi food prepared by families in the UK. The dishes are much lighter and healthier than a lot of the food served in Indian restaurants.
For other examples of raita recipes have a look at My Food Story – a fabulous blog set up by Richa in Bangalore. She shares a host of incredible dishes both Indian and international.
How to make Raita with Mint, Turmeric and Garam Masala
Collect all your ingredients together:
natural plain yoghurt
shop bought mint sauce
You simply need to weigh/measure the ingredients and mix everything together. It takes less than 5 minutes!
Raita is a wonderful way to balance a fiery chutney, grilled meats or curry. The yoghurt helps balance any spicy heat whilst the mint brings a refreshing and slightly sweet flavour. The addition of spices and seasoning adds a depth and savoury hint to the dish.
Dinner, Lunch, snacks, Supper
garam masala, Mint, turmeric, yoghurt
1 cup of natural, plain yoghurt
2 teaspoons shop bought mint sauce
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
¼ teaspoon garam masala
¼ teaspoon fine salt
1 – 3 tablespoons milk
Collect together your equipment (see Recipe Notes below) and ingredients.
Measure out the ingredients, except the milk, into a mixing bowl and stir well.
Slowly add the milk, mixing, until you reach the consistency you like.