Monday, September 7, 2015

Dill-Cucumber-Radish Raita/Salad; Meatless Monday

Raita is a staple accompaniment to Indian dishes like Biryani and pulao. Raita is nothing but a salad that has a yogurt based dressing. However, unlike the usual salads,  raita has a copious amount of  yogurt in it, so much so that the yogurt is like a sauce or gravy.The most common raita is cucumber raita. Cucumber raita can be made by itself or with onions and tomatoes added to it. Raitas are often garnished with coriander/ cilantro leaves.The raita that I am bringing to you today has the added flavors of dill and the goodness of red radish. It is easy to make, healthy and delicious.

Servings: 3-4


Cucumber: 1 medium, chopped fine.
Small red radish: 4-5, finely chopped julienne.
Onion: 1 small, chopped.
Green chillies: 1-2, chopped.
Yogurt: 2 cups
Salt: to taste
Dill leaves: 1 tbsp
Mint leaves: 1 sprig for garnish ( optional)


Add the chopped cucumber, onion, radish, green chillies, dill leaves to the bowl.

In a separate bowl whisk the yogurt thoroughly to make it smooth . Add this to the above bowl.

Add salt and mix well.

Garnish with mint leaves.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve chilled.

Cooking made easy:

You could dilute the yogurt with some water if you want it to be thinner. Alternatively, you can make it a protein-rich dish by using Greek yogurt or hung yogurt.

Tip for healthy living:

For people who don't like vegetables or leafy salads, raitas can be the perfect way to incorporate the much needed veggies into your diet. Ensure that every meal is accompanied by some kind of salad or yogurt. You need atleast 4-5 servings of vegetables each day!

Food for thought:

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