Saturday, 14 September 2013

Carrot and Cucumber Raita

Sometimes it's nice to have a dish that is cooling and soothing to the palate.  A raita (yogurt salad) goes perfectly with a curry meal, a rice pilaf or biryani also. There are so many versions and combinations of raitas.  You may have heard cucumbers being recommended as a diet food because they consist of mostly water and are low in calories. The flesh of cucumbers is said to be a very good source of vitamins A, C and folic acid. And their hard skin is rich in fiber and has a variety of minerals including magnesium, silica and potassium. As everyone knows about carrot, I specially don’t want to tell about it.Its a lovely vegetable.Here is a simple raita (a yogurt based salad) with a combination of cucumbers and carrots that I find very refreshing, quick, delicious and colorful. This raita works really well along with any type of north Indian rice recipe like pulao or with parathas.

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Prep time                    : 10 mins         Cook time                   : 5 mins                Serves                           : 2

Ingredients

Quantity

Yogurt

1 cup

Cucumber

½ cup

Carrot

½ cup

Green chilli

1

Cumin powder

¼ tsp.

Salt

½ tsp.

Cilantro

2 tbsp.

Method
1. Whisk plain yogurt with salt. In a large bowl, mix together cucumber, carrot, green chillies and cumin powder.

ra12. Garnish with chopped cilantro .Simply mix all the above ingredients together and allow the raita to chill for 30 minutes or longer to allow the flavors to develop.ra23.  Serve chilled along with pulao, or other rice dishes, or with paratha. Enjoy….

 Notes: 

Cucumbers can be very watery. 

If you want a thicker raita, you can also use a thick yogurt. 

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