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Showing posts with label Raita. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Raita. Show all posts

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bathua ka Raita

Simple, flavorsome and easy to make. It is best way to use up any leftover greens after making the 'saag'. Bathua ka raita can be served as a dip and as a simple side dish for those chappatis/parathas, It goes well even with rice, dal and a dry subzi.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 10 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1 cup bathua saag (roughly chopped)
  • 2/3 cup yogurt
  • 1-2 garlic flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp roasted cumin-chilli powder
  • salt to taste

Preparation - Boil 2 cups water in a saucepan. Add the bathau and let it boil for 1-2 mins. Immediately drain off the water and transfer the greens into a bowl of ice cold water. Remove from the water after 5 mins and put in a colander to drain off excess water.

Transfer it to a blender jar and give it a buzz. Scrape down the sides and add the remaining ingredients to the blender jar itself. Add 2-3 tbsp water and buzz for 3 seconds. Adjust consistency if required.

Pour it into small bowls and serve as a dip/side.

Note - Chill for 10-15 mins for a better flavor. Use up on the same day as it tends to lose flavor is refrigerated overnight..

To make roasted cumin chilli powder, dry roast 2 tsp cumin and 2 dry chilis. Allow to cool down before grinding into a fine powder. Use as required and store the rest in an airtight jar.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Dahi Boondi

I love trying out various kinds of 'raita' as it is one of those easy and quick side dishes which really adds that extra bit of zing to any kind of meal. It is always served with heavy and oily dishes as the good bacteria present in the yogurt helps in digestion and also nullifies the irritant effect of the strong spices which are a signature component of Indian food. It also multi-tasks as a palate cleanser. But on the days when one is feeling lazy, a simple raita paired with chapatis/parathas or even with a veg pulao, becomes a complete meal by itself.

While I usually make raita with some vegetable and/or fruit, I sometimes get tempted to try out Boondi raita when there is a packet of 'kara boondi' lying in my kitchen. Read on for easy recipe -

Preparation time - 5 mins (plus 20 mins in the fridge)

Ingredients -

  • 1 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup kara boondi
  • 1 tsp English mustard 
  • 2 tsp amchur powder
  • 2-3 green chilis (de-seeded and slit lengthwise)
  • chopped coriander for garnishing
  • salt to taste

Preparation- Take the yogurt in a mixing bowl. Beat gently to break any lumps. Add salt, English mustard, amchur and green chilis. Mix well. Adjust the consistency by adding 1 - 1/2 cup water along with the boondis.

Chill for 20 mins before serving.

Click here for another version of Boondi raita.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Roasted Pumpkin Raita (Kaddu ka raita)

A simple raita served during the Navratri days, this one may sound a bit weird but tastes just awesome. While one can also boil or steam the pumpkin before mashing it into the yogurt with spices, I wanted to give it as twist by roasting it to get the caramelized effect and release its natural sweetness.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 10-15 mins (depending on the size of pumpkin pieces)

Ingredients -

5-6 slices of pumpkin/kaddu ( 5mm to 7 mm thick )
1 cup yogurt
1/2 tsp roasted cumin-chili powder
salt to taste
2 pinch sugar
cilantro for garnishing

Preparation - Beat the yogurt lightly. Add a little water and season with salt and roasted cumin chili powder.

Cooking - Roast the pumpkin slices with some sugar sprinkled over them. Use an oven or do it on a non-stick pan which has been greased lightly. Once brown /black spots start to appear on the pumpkin slices, remove from heat and keep aside till cool.

Mash the pumpkin and add to the seasoned yogurt. Mix well.

Serve chilled.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Beetroot Raita (Detox Mondays)

Though beetroot is one of the healthiest vegetables known to us, some people avoid it owning to the rather strong and distinct flavor it has. Same is the case with my in-laws who otherwise have quite healthy eating habits. While it can be a bit overwhelming in the raw form, adding to the curries and stir fries tends to tone it down and make it more palatable. However, if you still want to have it raw despite being unable to stand it (believe me there are quite a bit of people who fall in that group), you can add it to raita, lassi or even smoothies. Curd seems to enhance the natural flavor of beetroot and I am quite in love with this combination.
( A small tip though. Try using grated beetroot instead of pureeing it as it gives a better taste. )

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 5 mins

Ingredients -

1 medium sized beetroot
1 cup fresh yogurt
1 green chilli (crushed)
salt to taste
fresh coriander for garnishing

To roast and make a powder -

1 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
2 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
1 dry red chilli

Preparation - Wash and peel the beetroot. Grate it and keep aside.

Beat the yogurt lightly.

Cooking - Heat a pan. Add the seeds and broken red chilli. Allow seeds to start popping before removing from flame. Once cooled, make a fine powder using a spice blender or even a regular mixie.

Take the beetroot, yogurt , green chilli and 1/2 tsp of the above powder in a mixing bowl. Add salt to taste and adjust the water. Mix thoroughly.

Serve immediately or chill it for 20 mins in the fridge.

Garnish with coriander and serve with rice, rotis or paratha.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Boondi Raita

If I were asked to name a Raita that goes best with rotis (or any indian bread for that matter ), this one would win hands down. It was my dish of choice for breakfast/dinner along with rotis/parathas. While i was quite fussy when it came to vegetables in those days, nowadays I have it along with a simple roti-dry subzi.

Very easy to make if you have a packet of salted boondi (say Haldiram's ) lying at home. In fact this one is so simple that i felt silly posting the recipe. But i persisted thinking that if nobody else it might help some of my bachelor/single friends who find it quite a task to even whip up an omelette ( and its not always a case of lacking culinary skills but also the hectic schedule that we follow ).

Read on:

Preparation time : 30 mins ( 25 mins is the standby time when the boondi itself does all the work...yeah it has to soak up all that water)

Ingredients - 1 cup salted boondi, 1 cup yogurt, 1 cup water, 1-2 dry red chillis, 1 sprig of curry leaves, 1/4 tsp pancha phutana or only mustard/cumin seeds (as you wish), 1 pinch roasted cumin powder,  1 pinch powdered asafoetida,1/2 tsp oil, salt to taste.

Preparation -  Whisk the yogurt lightly to get a smooth texture. Take the boondi, beaten yogurt and water in a bowl. Allow to soak for 25-30 mins. (this may vary as some boondis become soft very soon)

Cooking - Heat oil in a tadka (tempering) pan. Add broken chilli and pancha-phutana/mustard/cumin. Once spluttering almost stops, add the curry leaves along with asafoetida.

Pour the mixture over the soaked boondis. Sprinkle salt and roasted cumin powder.

Mix well and serve (no need to chill).

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Chaunk wala Raita

This is one of my favorite raita recipes and one that i usually make on a Osa-bara (Vrat) as it does not use onion. As is quite common in Orissa, I use a lot of tempering to add flavour to this otherwise plain Cucumber raita. Read on for the recipe:

Preparation Time - 10 minutes or less

Ingredients - 1 medium sized cucumber, 2/3 cup fresh yogurt, 1 tbs chopped coriander roots, 1 sprig of curry leaves, 1/2 inch long ginger, 2-3 green chillis, pinch of asafoetida, 1 tsp mustard seeds, salt to taste, 1-2 tsp oil.

Preparation - Peel and cut the cucumber into small pieces.

Take the yogurt into a mixing bowl. Add salt and whisk lightly. Add the cucumber pieces.

Take the green chillis, coriander shoots and ginger in a mortar and use a pestle to crush them lightly. Alternatively use a small stone to crush the ingredients.

Cooking - Heat oil in a tempering pan (if you do not have one, use a small frying pan instead). Add the mustard seeds and when they start spluttering add the crushed ingredients. Fry for 1 minute till they release all the flavours.

Add the asafoetida and curry leaves. Remove from the stove and allow to cool for 1 minute. Pour over the contents of the mixing bowl. Mix in the tempering, add a little water if the raita is too thick and adjust the salt if required.

Serve with rice/rotis/puris/parathas and curry.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Dahi Lau ( Lauki ka raita )

'Kitne ka hai Bhaiya ?', I asked the neighbourhood vegetable vendor. 'Chalis de do madam', he replied with a grin. Forty rupees a kilo for the very humble lauki, I exclaimed. There was a time when my mom used to run after us to feed us lauki-chana or lauki santula and we would go to any lengths to avoid it. But I guess the growing years and Baba Ramdev's claims about this wonder vegetable has turned me into a new leaf. This vegetable is touted to have myriad health benefits ranging from curing heart diseases, lowering blood pressure, curing jaundice,treating gastrointestinal disorders and improving liver function. With 96 percent water and just 12 calories per 100 grams, it is very helpful if you are on a weight loss diet.

Just like another superfood 'Spinach aka Palak', I keep trying to incorporate it regularly in my meals. So, here is another lauki recipe:

Preparation Time - 10-15 mins

Ingredients -

  • 3 cups (peeled and diced) bottle gourd/lauki/doodhi
  • 1 cup fresh yogurt/curd 
  • 1 small onion (optional)
  • 2-3 green chillis
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 3 tbs freshly grated coconut
  • 1/2 mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • a sprig of curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp oil

Preparation - Boil the bottle gourd in a pressure cooker with a little salt for 1 whistle. Remove from flame and keep aside to cool. Do not throw away excess water.

Chop the onion into small pieces.

Take the yogurt in a mixing bowl and add salt, chopped onion and coconut. Beat lightly.

Cooking - Heat oil in a small pan. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Allow to splutter and then add the broken green chilli and curry leaves. Add asafoetida after 30 seconds and switch off flame.

Add the tempering to the beaten curd along with boiled bottle gourd pieces and some of the excess water. Mix well.

Serve with rotis or rice and dal.

Note - This is a popular item during Navratri but without the onions.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Vegetable-Soya Biryani

Nothing beats the comfort and warmth of a one pot meal. And biryani happens to be one of my favorite ones. Chicken, mutton, prawn, vegetable, soybeans or even kabuli chana, i enjoy all the varieties that come with this awesome dish. The Hyderbadi 'Dum' style of making biryani is the closest to my heart. And i have managed to replicate the results by using a presure cooker instead of a handi. 

One can get very close to the 'hyderabadi biryani' by half boiling the rice in a vessel and then transferring it to a pressure cooker ( with the whistle taken off ) along with the 3/4th cooked chicken for the final dish. But i always end up making it a one step process due to shortage of time. 

When we moved to Blore, my husband used to get very nostalgic about Hyderabad and that made him frequent 'Ammi's biryani'. It is the best we have had till date in Blore. and they deliver at your doorstep too. But the effects do show up on your waistline and that made him stop. 

Home made biryani allows more control over the quantity of ghee and spices used. Plus one can cook the chicken/mutton/vegetables/soya and keep it in the fridge for 4-5 days and make some mouth-watering biryani whenever desired. Vegetable biryani can provide the right balance of carbohydrates and fats along with dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This time i combined the vegetables with some soya chunks to enrich the protein content of my meal. 

Here is the recipe:

Preparation Time - 30 mins.

Ingredients - Basmati rice ( 2 1/2 cups ), milk ( 1 cup ), chopped carrot ( 1 /2 cup), chopped beans (1/2 cup), chopped onion ( 1 no, medium sized ), boiled soya granules (1 cup), green peas (1/2 cup), coriander powder ( 1 tsp ), cumin powder ( 2/3 tsp), chilli powder (1 tsp), turmeric ( 1/3 tsp), garam masala powder ( 1/6 tsp), ghee (2 tsp), oil (2 tsp), curd ( 3 tbs), ginger garlic paste ( 1 1/ 2 tsp), 1 inch cinnamon stick, 1 green cardamon, 1/2 of a mace, 1 star anise, 4-5 cloves, salt to taste.

Preparation - Take the curd, chilli powder, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric, garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix together. Add the boiled soya granules, green peas and chopped vegetables. Mix and allow to marinate for 30 mins.

Cooking - Heat 2 tsp oil in a wok. Add the chopped onion and fry till translucent. Add the marinated ingredients and cook for 5-6 minutes to get rid of the raw smell and half cook the vegetables.

Put a pressure cooker on the flame. Add 1 tsp of ghee and fry the whole spices in it for 20-30 seconds. Wash the rice and add to the cooker. Pour in the milk. Add enough water to cover the rice and an extra 1 inch above it. Stir in the cooked vegetables and soya . Drizzle the remaining ghee on top and close the cooker lid.

It takes about 10-12 minutes or 1-2 whistles to cook through. Remove from flame and allow to stand for 10 mins.

Serve hot with Dahi pacchidi/phalahari raita.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Phalahari raita

This is a fruit raita i had made on Sankranti along with some vegetable biryani( w/o the onion and garlic ). Had it been a regular day, i would have paired it with some yummy Dahi Pacchidi.

The sweetness of the pomegranate offsets the acidic sourness of the fuji apples and black grapes, and the heat of the cumin-chilli powder, bringing together all the flavours. Add some fresh mint leaves for more zing.

Preparation Time - 10 mins

Ingredients - fresh yogurt ( 1 cup ), chopped apple ( 2 tbs ), pomegranate seeds ( 2 tbs ), black grapes ( de-seeded & peeled, 12-14 nos ), rock salt/regular salt to taste, jeera-lanka ( roasted cumin-red chili) powder ( 1/5 tsp ), sugar ( 1 tsp, optional ).

Preparation - Take the curd in a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup water and beat well to remove lumps. Add salt, sugar and jeera-lanka powder. Mix well.

Add the fruits and mix them with the yogurt.

Garnish with some grapes and pomegranate seeds. Sprinkle some jeera-lanka powder on top. Serve cold.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

zucchini raita ( zucchini yogurt salad )

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Ingredients: zucchini ( 1 no), curd/yogurt ( 1 cup ), green chilli ( 1 no ), mint ( 5-6 leaves), salt to taste, 1 tsp oil for frying the zucchini.

Preparation: Take the curd in a mixing bowl and beat it till smooth.
Chop the zucchini into small pieces.

Cooking: Heat the oil in a wok. Add the zucchini and stir fry for 3 minutes. Remove and allow to cool down.
Transfer the zucchini, green chilli and mint leaves into a food processor and grind into a coarse paste. Remove and add it to the mixing bowl containing the curd.
Add salt to the above and mix well.

Serve chilled.

( Unable to post the pics due to browser problem )

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dahi Pacchadi ( Apple & coconut raita )

Cooking Time Required: 10-12 mins
Cost of preparation: 25-30 rupees

Ingredients: Yogurt ( 1 cup ), apple ( 1 no ), freshly grated coconut ( 1 cup ), green chillis ( 2-3 nos), pudina/mint leaves ( a handful ), amba ada/mango ginger ( 1 inch ), black salt ( kala namak, 1/5 tsp ), jeera-lanka ( cumin-chilli ) powder ( 1/5 tsp ), oil ( 1 tsp ), mustard seeds ( 1/5 tsp ), chopped graped ( 1/3 cup), sugar ( 1 tsp), salt ( to taste).

Preparation: Cut the apple into small pieces (preferably like matchsticks).

Crush the mint leaves and extract the juice. Crush amba ada and green chillis. Keep aside.

Take the yogurt in a mixing bowl. Add jeera-lanka powder, amba ada, green chillis, mint juice, sugar, black salt and salt along with 3-4 tbs water. Beat well.

Add the apple pieces and grated coconut to the mixing bowl with required amount of water and mix well.

Heat the oil in a wok. Add the mustard seeds to it. Pour the spluttering seeds over the contents of the mixing bowl. Garnish with chopped grapes. ( Optional: Few mint leaves can also be added to the garnish )

Serve as a side-dish with any non-vegetarian/vegetarian meal.

Note: Mango ginger is a herb of the turmeric family. It has a mild mango flavour with notes of ginger. Used for tempering dals, raita, chutneys and pickles.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Burrani / Bhoorani Raita

Cooking Time Required: 10-15 mins
Cost of Preparation: 30-35 rupees

Ingredients: Thick curd/yogurt ( 200 gm ), garlic cloves ( 3-4 nos ), black salt (1/4 tsp), roasted cumin powder ( 1/3 tsp ), ajwain powder ( 2-3 pinch )red chilli powder ( 2/3 tsp), salt to taste, sugar ( 1 tsp, optional).

Preparation: Add the curd to a mixing bowl and beat it for 2-3 mins . Crush the garlic cloves, and add to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients and a little amount of water. Mix well and keep aside for 10-15 mins.

Pass the mixture through a seive or a thin cloth to filter out the garlic pieces.

Serve (chilled) with Hyderabadi Dum Biryani.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mango raita

Cooking time required: 20-25 mins
Cost of preparation: 15-20 rupees

Ingredients: Large green mango ( i used one that was just begining to ripen)(1 no), red chilli (2 nos), jaggery ( to taste ), garam masala ( 2 pinches ), jeera-lanka (
cumin-chilli ) powder ( 1 pinch ), salt to taste.

Cooking: Wash and put the whole mango inside the oven. Bake at 170-180 degrees for 18-20 mins.

Remove the mango and allow it to cool down. Remove the peel and scrape the pulp into a mixing bowl. Add the jaggery ( powdered ), cumin-chilli powder, garam masala and salt.

Roast the broken dry chillis on a pan without any oil for 30-40 secs, and add to the
mixing bowl. Slightly rub it into the mango.

Serve with rice and a non-vegetarian side dish.

Note: This is an authentic Malwani preparation which i happened to watch on the telly and the mango is traditionally cooked on a wood fire. The red chillis and cumin-chilli powder are not part of the original recipe.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Kadali Manja Raita ( Banana Stem Raita )

Cooking Time Required: 15-16 mins
Cost of Preparation: 30-35 Rupees

Ingredients: Curd ( 2 cups ), tender banana stem/ kadali manja ( 5 inch long), curry leaves ( 1-2 sprigs), red chillis ( 3-4 nos), red chilli powder ( 1/4 tsp), asafoetida ( just a pinch), pancha phutana ( 1/3 tsp), oil ( 3 tsp), salt.

Preparation: Cut the banana stem into very small pieces. Add salt and keep aside for 30 mins. Squueze out all the water and wash under the tap.

Transfer the curd into a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup of water and salt. Beat well. Add the banana stem pieces.

Cooking: Heat the oil in a pan. Add pancha phutana & red chillis. Follow with the asafoetida, curry leaves and red chillis.

Fry for 20 secs and pour over the curd - banana stem mixture. Mix togather and serve with rice and dalma.

Note: This preparation is made with very tender banana stem in which the fibres should not have developed. Banana stem has its share of health benefits, most remarkable being its ability to ease the bowels.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ajwain Pudina raita

Cooking Time Required: 10 mins
Cost of preparation: 15-20 rupees

Ingredients: Yogurt ( 1 1/2 cup ), onion ( 1 small), green chillis ( 2-3 nos),
pudina/mint leaves ( 2 tbs ), dhaniya/coriander leaves ( tbs ), jeera-lanka (
cumin-chilli ) powder ( 1/3 tsp ), roasted ajwain powder ( 1/5 tsp), salt.

Preparation: Cut the onion and green chillis into fine pieces.

Take the yogurt in a mixing bowl. Add jeera-lanka powder, ajwain powder and salt with 3-4 tbs water. Beat well.

Add the green chilli, onion, coriander leaves and mint leaves along with 1/2 to 1 cup water and mix well.

Serve as a side-dish with any non-vegetarian/vegetarian meal.

Note : I served this raita with Mutton biryani( recipe coming soon.....).

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Corn-Peas pulao with Fried chicken and Apple raita

Cooking Time Required: 30-40 mins
Cost of Preparation: 150-160 rupees
Serves : 2

For the Corn-Peas pulao:

Ingredients: Basmati rice ( 2 cups ), corn ( 1/2 cup ), green peas ( 1/2 cup ), coriander stems ( cut into small pieces, 1 tsp ), jeera ( 1/2 tsp, optional ), jeera-lanka ( roasted cumin-chilli ) powder ( 1/2 tsp ), chilli powder ( 1/3 tsp ), star anise ( 2-3 nos), javitri ( 1-2 flowers ), ghee ( 1-2 tbs ), salt.

Cooking: Boil the basmati rice using sufficient water ( 4-5 times the quantity of rice ) in a open vessel. Add salt, star anise, javitri and 1 tsp ghee to the water.

Cook the rice for 10-12 mins or till it is almost done. Strain all the water and keep aside.

Heat the remaining oil in a wok/pan . Add the jeera, followed by the coriander stems, green peas and corn with a pinch of salt. Stir fry for 2 mins.

Now add the jeera-lanka powder and red chilli powder. Add the strained rice after 30 secs.

Mix well. Add more salt if desired.

Keep covered for 2-3 mins.

For the Fried Chicken:

Ingredients: Chicken legs ( 2 nos ), lemon juice ( 1 tsp ), thick curd ( 1 tsp ), chicken tandoori masala ( 2/3 tsp ), coriander powder ( 1/2 tsp ), cumin powder ( 1/2 tsp ), chilli powder ( 1/3 tsp ), ginger garlic paste ( 1/2 tsp ), turmeric ( 1 pinch ), onion ( 1 no., small ), garam masala ( 1/4 tsp , optional ), salt, oil ( 3-4 tsp ).

Preparation: Mix all the ingredients into a thick paste except for the chicken legs, onion and oil.

Make small cuts/slits into the chicken legs . Rub the paste all over and keep in the fridge to marinate for 5-6 hours ( 1-2 hrs will also suffice if you do not have time ) .

Grate the onion and keep aside.

Cooking: Heat the oil in a wok. Add the onion paste and fry till it turns brown. Add the marinated chicken.

Stir for 2-3 mins and add a little it of water. Cover with a lid for 5 mins.

Uncover and stir fry till the chicken is done. Remove and keep on a bloting paper to absorb excess oil.

For the Apple Raita :

Ingredients: Apple ( 1 no. ), yogurt/curd ( 5-6 tbs ), jeera-lanka powder ( 1/3 tsp ), roasted coriander powder ( 1/5 tsp ), sugar ( 1 tsp ), salt.

Preparation: Beat the yougurt with salt, sugar , coriander powder and jeera lanka powder, Add water to get desired consistency.

Cut the apple into small pieces . Add to the yogurt and mix well.

Serve with the corn-peas pulao.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Nadia Ambula Raee (coconut- ambula Raita)

Cost of Preparation: 15-20 rupees
Cooking Time Required|: 10-15 mins

Ingredients: Coconut ( 1 no. ), ambulaa ( 3-4 nos ), curd/yogurt ( 1 cup ), mustard seeds ( 1 tsp ), green chilli ( 2-3 nos), curry leaves ( 2-3 nos ), cumin-chilli powder ( 1/2 tsp ), mustard paste ( 1/3 tsp ), red chillis ( 2 nos ), oil ( 1 tsp ), salt.

Preparation: Soak the ambula for 2-3 hours. Slit the green chilli into long pieces.

Grind the coconut into a fine paste . Transfer to a mixing bowl; add curd, ambula,
cumin-chilli powder, green chillis, mustard paste and salt.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the red chillis, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Pour the spluttering seeds into the mixing bowl. Mix well.

Serve with rice.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Dahi Aloo (Potato and curd raita)

Cooking Time Required: 10 mins
Cost of preparation: 10-15 rupees

Ingredients: Curd ( 1/2 cup), Potato (1 large), green chilli (1 nos), onion ( 1 small), coriander-mustard seeds (1/4 tsp), chilli-cumin powder (1/4 tsp) oil ( 1 tsp), salt to taste.

Cooking: Boil the potato and keep aside to cool. Cut the onion and chilli into small pieces.

Pour the curd into a mixing bowl, add salt and chilli-cumin powder. Mix well.

Peel the potatao, cut into small cubes and add to the mixing bowl along with the onion and green chilli.

Heat a pan. Put one teaspoon oil, add the coriander and mustard seeds. When the seeds start spluttering, pour into the mixing bowl. Serve with rice or roti.

Tips: Cool the potato before adding the curd. Otherwise the heat will turn the curd into paneer (cheese).

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Dahi Mula ( Mooli ka Raita )

'Dahi-Mulaa' or Mooli Raita is one of the dishes prepared for Lord Jaganaath's Midday meal, also known as the 'abhada'. With a generous amount of coconut and a tinge of sweetness, it is a nice thick raita that tastes wonderful when served with anna, dali and besara. However, I enjoy it with plain rice and yellow dal or even paratha.

Cooking time required: 10-15 mins


  • Radish(mooli) ( 1 large)
  • freshly grated coconut ( 1 cup)
  • curd (3/4 th cup)
  • sugar ( 1-2 tsp)coriander seeds (1 tsp)
  • mustard seeds (1/4 tsp)
  • red chillies (1-2 nos)
  • curry leaves (5-6 nos)
  • oil (1 tsp)
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 pinch coarsely ground pepperorns (golmaricha)

Cooking: Grate the radish, squeeze out excess water and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the grated coconut, curd, sugar, ground peppercorn and salt. Mix well and keep aside.

Heat the oil in a pan, when smoking add the spices (red chilli, coriander seeds and mustard seeds) and a few curry leaves (curry leaf flavor should not dominate the dish). Pour the spluttering mix into the mixing bowl and mix.

Serves as a excellent side dish for any vegetarian meal (personally, i prefer not to have radish with any non-vegetarian dish. Not a very good idea to have two dominant flavors fight it out among themselves).

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