28 Jun 2014

Mint and Yogurt Raita

We have all seen it on the menu of the local Indian take-away. And we have all seen it on the menu of the Michelin-star restaurant in the posh suburb. The mint and yogurt raita is a very ubiquitous creation that cannot escape your palate if you fancy your curries and your curry houses.

And it could not be easier to make. This is my extremely simple take on the mint and yogurt raita. Nothing fancy, just good old delicious home cooking to give you the perfect accompaniment to most dishes.

Mint and Yogurt Raita
All you need is 5 ingredients:
1) A bunch of mint leaves
2) 3-4 green chillies
3) A large cup of yogurt, preferably live-culture bio yogurt. Definitely not greek yogurt
4) A few spoonfuls of water
5) Salt to taste

Wash the mint leaves and the green chillies. Snap the mint leaves from the main stalk. Roughly chop the chillies into large pieces. Place the mint leaves, the chillies and the salt in a blender. Add a couple of spoonfuls of water. Blend to a paste. It does not have to be a very smooth paste. The tiny bits of mint give a great texture to the raita.

Place the yogurt in a bowl and beat with a spoon till smooth. Add a few spoonfuls of water to get a more fluid consistency, but do not make it too watery and runny.

Now add the mint and chilly paste to the yogurt and mix till it is all even and uniform.

Remove to a serving plate and garnish with a sprig of mint. Your mint and yogurt raita is ready to serve.

The yogurt offsets the heat of the chillies and you are left with the perfect dip that goes wonderfully well with most things from lamb burgers to samosas to tikka. You can even use it as a dressing for a cool summer salad.


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15 comments:

  1. I always wondered what raita was! Thanks for enlightening me :)

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  2. Ooh that looks delicious and easy (I need easy lol)

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  3. This looks lovely and if I use fat free yogurt, I'll have a slimming world, syn free dip :)

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  4. I always thought it was so much more complicated to make raita. Yours looks lovely

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  5. I never knew it was as easy as this! Will be giving it a go

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  6. Oh this sounds delicious - who knew it was so easy to make as well. x

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  7. I can't believe how easy this is to make - even I will be able to do it!

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  8. I love raita and my local supermarket has stopped stocking the fresh one, am definitely going to attempt to make this!

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  9. Oooh that does sound nice - and really easy to make by the sounds of it x x

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  10. I love raita, so it would be lovely to have a go at making it, and this sounds so easy!

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  11. I love raitia! Be lovely to have a go at making it myself and this recipe sounds simple!

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  12. I love homemade raitas. This sounds really tasty.

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  13. Mmm that looks tasty! Sounds so easy to make x

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