Three types of raita

By Anjum Anand
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RAITA
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YOUR MORNING

SERVES
4

Ingredients

Pomegranate Raita

  • 1 small pomegranate
  • 400ml plain yogurt
  • A handful of chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stalks
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ - ¾ teaspoon roasted cumin powder (cumin seeds dry-roasted until red and ground)
  • A good pinch of red chilli powder to taste

Tomato, Cucumber and Onion Raita

  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and diced
  • 12.5cm piece of cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped cilantro leaves and stalks
  • 400ml plain yogurt
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ - ¾ teaspoon roasted cumin powder (cumin seeds dry-roasted until red and ground)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder

Cucumber and Mint Raita

  • 12.5cm cucumber
  • 3 tablespoons of shredded fresh mint
  • 400ml plain yogurt
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ¾ teaspoon roasted cumin powder (cumin seeds dry-roasted until red and ground)
  • A good pinch of red chilli powder

Directions

Pomegranate Raita

  1. Lightly press down on the pomegranate and roll with your hands on a hard surface, applying a little pressure so that you help to release the seeds on all sides. Slice in half and, working over a bowl, tap the outside of the fruit with a wooden spoon. The seeds should tumble out. 
  2. Mix together the yogurt, most of the pomegranate seeds and fresh cilantro. Season with salt, lots of black pepper, the cumin and red chilli powder. Garnish with a handful of pomegranate seeds and a few coriander leaves.

 

Tomato, Cucumber and Onion Raita

  1. Mix together the vegetables, cilantro and yogurt. Season with salt, plenty of black pepper and the roasted cumin powder.
  2. Tip into a serving bowl, sprinkle over the chilli powder and serve.

 

Cucumber and Mint Raita

  1. Peel the cucumber, then coarsely grate and squeeze all the excess moisture from it.
  2. Mix together the cucumber, mint and yogurt. Stir in the seasoning and cumin powder. Sprinkle over the red chilli powder to serve.

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