Indian Raitas. Cool it Down. Beat the Heat!

In India, hot country, raita is relished at all the meals, served as a side dish, dip or sauce with side dishes. It helps to cool the heat of spicy food. Raita is yogurt based condiment mixed with vegetables, fruits and other ingredients of your choice. Most common are cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, eggplant or boiled potatoes or bhoondi (tiny balls made of chickpea flour). Raitas are seasoned with herbs or spices, like roasted ground cumin, mustard seeds but there are many unusual ways of flavoring yogurt. Always use plain yogurt for preparation any raita. Essentially, the yogurt has to be whipped or whisked. You can make it with full fat or reduced fat yogurt, then you may add a little water to make it thiner. Pinch of sugar can be added, especially if yogurt is a little sour. You can add chopped coriander leaves, and sprinkle with red chili powder or paprika.

There are many ways of flavoring yogurt!

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This Indian food glossary provides terms, descriptions and photos of ingredients used in Indian kitchen.

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