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Vegetable Raita (Yogurt)

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Indian meals are not complete unless the meal includes a yogurt dish such as a raita. This is a colorful raita and can brighten up any meal.

Serving for 4.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup finally chopped cucumber (kheera)
  • 1 medium tomato seeded and finally chopped
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper finally chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted ground cumin seed
  • Pinch of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar if needed

Method:

  1. Mix the yogurt well. If yogurt is thick like pudding add milk as needed to make the consistency of a yogurt drink.
  2. Add salt, chopped dill, black pepper, roasted cumin seed and paprika. Add sugar if yogurt is sour.
  3. Add chopped cucumber, tomatoes, and yellow bell pepper.

Variations:

  1. Replace dill with chopped mint or cilantro.
  2. Vegetables can be adjusted to taste.

Tips:

Dry roast the cumin seeds on medium heat until they are brown and you can smell the cumin aroma. Grind after it cools to room temperature.


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32 thoughts on “Vegetable Raita (Yogurt)

  1. hi,
    I want to know why put black paper in raita,black paper is not raita recipe, please explain me,
    thank you
    vijaypal singh

  2. Hare Krishna
    I just wanted to suggest a variation that is very delicious and gets good comments ,
    instead of cucumber raita , a very nice variation to use is,
    daikon radish. It is a tad spicey, or tangy, not sure the right word,
    but, just grate the white daikon radish , (looks like a very large white carrot)
    add sour cream or yogurt,
    and few spices to your liking
    ,a little lime juice,
    a bit of olive oil,
    fresh cilantro,
    then top with browned, ground
    cumin.

  3. A beautiful dish. Thank you Manjula.

    I used organic soy yoghurt to make it vegan and it is delicious. I love the way raita is a cool foil to my hot curries. Thank you also for the other wonderful recipes you’ve provided for us. You are a treasure and it’s a treat to watch you cook

    Love from New Zealand

  4. Thanks for recipe it is wonderful. My mom at India used to make papaya na raigota and mango raigota. It is guju recipes and I can’t find how to make it. Can you please teach us?
    Thanks,
    Priti

  5. This is a wonderful refreshing dish! And find the Yogurt to help in digestive problems.
    The soy if it is not organic may be GMO and it forms a pesticide in the Gut,so I stopped the 100% vegan,by adding Yogurt.
    I have trouble with milk but not Yogurt!
    Blessings!

  6. dear anuty,

    i m see all most your recipes its very nice, i m also doing recipes on my home they are like my cooking, but i m write the recipe in office & cooked at home, plz tell me aunty aapki koi recipe book hai kya agar hai toh plz us book ka naam batana agar nahi toh plz aap aapki recipe book publish kijiye, i really buy this book but in hindi….

    thanks u very much for learning cooking aunty.

  7. This raita was an accompaniment to my tofu masala and saffron rice tonight. To make it vegan I used vegan sour cream thinned with water and a little lemon juice instead of cow’s milk yogurt. It is very refreshing and is a nice counterpoint to the heat in the tofu masala.

  8. Hello Manjula mam. Thank u very much to be here for us. With the help of your recipies i m able to make my inlaw family very-very happy towards me.. thank u mam thank u very much..

  9. Thank you so much to be here Manjula.
    I try to see your recipies as often as I can. You are so generous to share all you know with everybody.
    Have a good day. Take care .Laurence

  10. hi, Manjula ji, your receipe are great….. I am Using 2% milk and I purchase yogurt from
    walmart. I try to make yogrt but i failed everytime. Could u post how to make yoghurt.
    Thank You,
    Pinky

    1. You have to make sure the yogurt has active cultures. Boil the milk, to get rid of bacteria, then add the yogurt. Then you have to make sure that it stays at a high temperature. Look up how to make yogurt in a slow cooker. I’ve heard that’s easier.

  11. Hi

    Ur kitchen is yummy yummy…… It is helpful for al kinds of people who knows or not in cooking.
    Can u pls show how to prepare Hotel Dosas.

    Thanq
    Padma

  12. Dear Manjulaaunti,

    I love your website and it teaches us how to cook and your receipes are very simple. I tried making Gulab Jambun and it turned out really awsome. I could not wait to try it. Do you have receipe for khaman Dhokla? I make mine from a gitts packets. Please, download receipe for khaman or khaman dhokla. I would appreciate your help. I love watching you cook.

    Thank you,

    Pravina

  13. You Are The Best. Thaw I Did Not Learn From My Mother, But You Have Been Very Helpful In Helping Me Learn Punjabi Food. Otherwise I Was Sick Of Eating Burgers N Pizzaz.. For More Than A Year.
    Thanks And Regards
    DS

  14. Hi … Thank You very much for posting such informative helpful videos. It is very useful for students like me who are away from home. We learn how to cook ghar ka khana … Thanks again … (looking forward to more recipes from Manjula’s Kitchen…)

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