Yoghurt is a big hit at our house! Actually, we love all things dairy…Dahi being the top favourite. We often make a variety of raitas at home to go with basic meals. They’re a great accompaniment & alleviate the taste of food multifold. Raitas go best with biryani, pulaos & also with roti-sabzi.
There are also several varieties of raita that you can whip up within minutes at home. Some of these are Boondi Raita, Lauki ka Raita, Bhindi ka Raita, Pineapple Raita & so on..
If you use hung-curd or Greek yoghurt, you can use the same ingredients to make excellent dips to be served with starters such as chips, kebabs etc. Here we will stick to the humble curd that has the perfect consistency for an Indian raita; not-too-runny, not-too-thick, basically a Goldilocks version so to speak 😀
Typically there’s no fixed recipe for a Mix Vegetable Raita…you just add what you like. In this version, I’ve added onions, tomatoes, cucumber, green chillies & lots of fresh coriander, along with a secret dahi masala 😉 So here we go with the recipe of this super simple cooling Raita.
Mix Vegetable RaitaCourse: AccompanimentsCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy
A cool & flavourful accompaniment made using yoghurt & a mix of vegetables with dry spices.
Yoghurt: 1 cup; chilled
Onion: 1/4th cup; finely chopped
Tomato: 1/4th cup; de-seeded & chopped
Cucumber: 2 tbsp; finely chopped
Green Chilli: 1; finely chopped
Coriander: A handful; finely chopped
Jeera: 1 tsp
Black Pepper: 1/4th tsp
Heeng (asafoetida): A pinch
Dried Red Chilli: 1
Coriander Seeds: 1/2 tsp
Black Salt: 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
- Dry roast the jeera, black pepper, red chilli & coriander seeds. When they cool down, grind them together to form a powder. Mix the remaining ingredients for dahi masala in it. This can be stored in an airtight jar.
- Take the chilled dahi in a bowl & whisk well.
- Now add the dahi masala & salt. Mix mix.
- Add the chopped vegetables & coriander leaves. Stir well to combine. Mix Vegetable Raita is now ready to serve.
- The dahi masala can be stored in an airtight jar for months. Longer, in the fridge.
- The raita can be made beforehand & kept in the fridge to chill. Or you can do all the prep work & assemble it just before serving.
- You can add a variety of vegetables to this including carrots, boiled potatoes, mint leaves etc.