Monday, October 22, 2012

Vegetable Raita

Raita is simple Indian salad that is healthy, flavourful and yet easy to prepare. The bulk of the flavor comes from the yogurt and this is enriched with the addition of curry leaves, chilies and black mustard seeds. Homemade yogurt is the best for this purpose – my mum used to make a mean yogurt when I was a child – but due to time constraints it is easier to purchase the ready-made variety.

Yogurt is relatively cheap and the time I save from buying it definitely makes the extra expenditure worth it. Even mum uses the store bought variety nowadays as it does not really compromise the taste of the dish and the time saved can be better spent with the actual preparation of the main meal. I usually buy a tub of yogurt every week and this is never wasted as I use it to make curries. I find that it is a great substitute for tamarind juice and for me, it is one of my curry making ‘essentials’.
For this raita, the first step was to dice the vegetables and mix it with a generous portion of yogurt with salt to taste. Next I fried the curry leaves, chilies and mustard seeds in some oil and this combined this with the vegetable and yogurt mix. This not only adds flavor but it also releases a lovely fresh fragrance that is sure to get your juices flowing.

In my humble opinion, the best vegetables for Raita are cucumber, carrots and onions. Some chopped tomatoes will not be out of place in this dish, plus the fresh red tomatoes add a much needed splash of colour to this healthy dish. We usually pair this dish with a good curry and eat it with rice although it can be eaten with any number of varying dishes. After all, who can say no to a flavourful and aromatic salad that is easy to cook and healthy at the same time. 
Ingredients (A)
1/2 cucumber (leave the skin on but remove the seeds)
1/4 carrot
1 tomato
1 large red onion
** cut these ingredients into small pieces
1 green chili - sliced thinly
1 red chili - sliced thinly
2 1/2 tbsp yogurt (add more if you like)
salt to taste

For quick frying (B)
3 sprigs curry leaves
1 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
2 tbsp oil

Into a large mixing bowl, add ingredients A.
Heat oil and when heated, fry curry leaves and mustard seeds.
When seeds starts to pop, remove and pour onto the bowl with ingredients A.
Stir well and serve.
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  1. coming to think of it. I have never tried before an indian salad

  2. visiting here with a smile. take care.. have a nice day ~ =)

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  3. hi nava, what a relief to see the original and reliable comment box. i have another blogger friend who did the same thing- switch back to old comment box.
    bookmarked this appetizing raita with thanks. looks pretty attractive too. i think it looks cooling for the body. have a nice day

  4. uiks...back to the usual comment form. Good. Easier to load.

    I like cucumber too but dont like onions.

  5. That looks refreshing and delicious. If I may, I’d like to invite you to submit your photos to the new YumGoggle, a photo sharing site with the philosophy that if you worked hard to cook it and photograph it, we should show it off! Hope to see you there soon!

  6. Good morning ms.nava, whoooa that vege on the pictures really makes me wanna eat now, it looks so tempting and also fresh!!

  7. looks like a very fresh salad ..
    I like this kind of salad

  8. Salads are so healthy. I used to hate salads. But as age catches, I'm more receptive towards greens now. This is just perfect!

    Hey Nava, I noticed you've changed your comment box again. I was just asking u how's NuffnangX yesterday. Did u see my past few comments?

  9. This is definitely one my favourite Indian sides my friend and your raita looks perfect!

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  10. The salad made my mouth sour. Looks tasty and easy to prepare. :)

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  11. You know what I am going thru, so didn't much go to other blogs. My family love this salad but I never added yogurt or the B part. This is the best option I can do to my kachumber (this is what we call) salad. Bye And reply your email in the evening.

  12. wow beautifully presented,lovely tempting.

  13. Vegetable raita really stand out! And who can says no to it?!

  14. Que delicia estou com água na boca blog maravilhoso
    seguindo sucesso.


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