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Indian RAITA Dip

Indian RAITA Dip

Indian RAITA Dip

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Indian RAITA Dip

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  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.

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indian raita dip pomegranate at the end.

Indian RAITA Dip

Exotic dip directly from India! Ideal for Summer
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time1 min
Servings - 2 People
Calories: 87kcal
Cost: 3.5

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

* To easily extract the pomegranate seeds – cut the fruit in half and then in quarters and gently push the seeds out with your thumbs. Do it carefully so you avoid spilling the pomegranate juice.
To easily crush the cumin seeds in case you don´t have a mortar and pestle you can use spice or coffee grinder; you can crush them using the bottom of some heavy pot; you can place the seeds in a plastic bag and crush them using a hammer or some other heavy tool. Also, if you prefer, you can use cumin seeds as they are without crushing them.
In case you don´t have mango powder for decoration of your dip, you can use sweet red paprika powder or a pinch of curcuma.
Raita dip goes perfectly with a traditional Indian Flatbread – Chapati – which you can also make by yourself without too much husle.
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Raita dip with Chapati Bread

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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1 thought on “Indian RAITA Dip”

  1. 4 stars
    Sounds like something I want to enjoy during summer with a cold beer!
    A big plus, it looks so easy to make!

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