Indian RAITA Dip is a common name for a fresh, yogurt-based dips. It is usually eaten as a side dish or complement to the main course dipping one of the traditional Indian breads – chapati, naan, paratha…in it.
Indian Raita Dip is one of those things you can make in literally few minutes, despite is very easy, it will go perfectly as a snack or as a side dish to any meat meal.
Besides the traditional raita dip with cucumber (that, btw, reminds a lot to the Greek tzatziki), there are many other variations – the main ingredient is unsweetened yogurt and what goes inside is different combinations of fruit, vegetables and condiments.
This recipe involves pomegranate, cumin seeds and mango powder and, even though it might not sound like these ingredients are quite matching, the final product will surprise you though.
Indian RAITA Dip
- 1 Unit Pomegranate
- 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
- 500 ml Greek Yogurt - Unsweetened
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Mint - Fresh
- 1/2 Tsp Mango Powder
- Extract pomegranate seeds *
- Toast the cumin seeds on a frying pan or a skillet over medium heat (without adding any oil) for few minutes. Shake the pan or move the seeds with a spatula in order to toast them evenly. Once they change the color to the darker shade – it´s done!
- Once the seeds are toasted crush them with a mortar and pestle (or using a spice or coffee grinder)*
- Mix in a soup size bowl: yogurt, crushed cumin seeds, salt, sugar, chopped mint leaves, pomegranate seeds – mix all well until all the ingredients are incorporated well
- For decoration – sprinkle it with some mango powder (in case you don´t have it some sweet paprika powder will also do) and fresh mint leaves.
Indian Raita Dip and Chapati Bread could be a great start if you want to begin your Indian cuisine journey and try yourself in preparing some of delicious Indian meals. Eventually you will want to add it to all kind of foods.
Also, something that we really like to combine with raita dip&chapati is the Indian version of omelette – Spicy Masala Omelette. This trio is just fantastic for those Sunday breakfasts. Like when you feel like experimenting in your kitchen while imagining yourself at some far away destination.
Rather than reading our explanation of how good it you could ber running to the kitchen. Pick all the ingredients and go for it!
Give it a try!. Who knows?. Maybe these exotic aromas inspire you to start planning your next trip!.Nevertheless you should try it. Eventually you will be addict to it.
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