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Cool, cool raita

With the sun shining bright, it’s time to whip up these simple curd recipes to help you cool down.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2009 16:56 IST
Hindustan Times

Onion raita
1/2 kg curd
2 onions, finely chopped
1 green chilli, finely chopped
1 ginger, finely chopped
Coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 tsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds (small)
1 tsp salt

1.Beat the curd well.
2. Add chopped onion, green chilli, coriander leaves and salt.
3.Heat oil in a large spoon. Add mustard seeds.
4.Add it to the raita and mix well.
5. Refrigerate the raita for one to two hours before serving.
6. Serve the onion raita with imli rice.

Mix fruit raita
2 cups curd
3 bananas
1 small pineapple
2 apples
1 ripe mango
1 cup pomegranate seeds
Chopped coriander leaves
Sugar to taste
Black pepper powder to taste
Salt to taste

1.Beat the curd properly.
2. Add salt and sugar and continue beating. If the curd becomes too thick, add a little milk or water.
3. Cut all fruits into small cubes and add to the curd.
4. Garnish the fruit raita with chopped coriander and pomegranate.

Kiwi raita
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 pinch chilli flakes, to taste (optional)
2 kiwis, peeled and diced
3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
Salt to taste

1.Whisk the yogurt, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt in a bowl until the yogurt is smooth.
2.Fold in the diced kiwi and cilantro until

Lauki raita
2 cups curd
1 cup grated lauki (dudhi)
1 tsp cumin (jeera) powder
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder to taste

1. Boil grated lauki till soft. Drain and cool.
2. Stir the curd with hand mixer.
3. Add lauki and mix well. If curd is thick, mix little milk or water.
4. Now add salt, cumin powder and chilli powder, mix well.
5. Keep in refrigerator for an hour or so.
6. Serve lauki raita chilled.

Health facts
The ‘good’ bacteria in yogurt help boost the immune system.
Taking even 100 grams of probiotic curd each day lowers bad cholesterol.
Calcium helps in growth of strong bones and may prevent osteoporosis.
It’s an excellent source of protein, calcium, riboflavin, phosphorus and vitamin B12.

First Published: Apr 02, 2009 16:52 IST