RAIITA (yoghurt dressing)

By Claudette D'Cruz

RAIITA (yoghurt dressing)

Most vegetarians, in India, get their protein from milk and yoghurt.  Raiitas are a yoghurt dressing served as a dipping sauce with snacks and also used as dressings with vegetables.  It is also a must have accompaniment with Biryani.  

Here is a base recipe you can play with.  Change the cucumbers to shredded cabbage or any other vegetable that has crunch.   Add 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic for zest and some lemon juice for tang.  The combinations are endless.

  • BASE RECIPE - In a bowl mix together 3 cups Greek yoghurt, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar1 tablespoon dried mint  Now gently stir in 1 sliced red onion and 1 sliced cucumber.   For garnish, sprinkle with red chilli powder and some fresh green mint and coriander leaves.  Serve immediately.
  • OPTION - Place the slices of beetroot from a 450 gram can of beetroot in the centre of a serving plate. • Then surround the beetroot with a ring of the yoghurt dressing.


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