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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Strawberry Raita

Raita is an Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi side dish made with Yogurt (Dahi) and can be used as either a dip or sauce or condiment.  The yogurt may be lightly seasoned with roasted cumin powder, cayenne pepper, cilantro, or mint, and other herbs and spices. 

It is commonly served as side dish to give a cooling/soothing effect to the palate with all the other spicy dishes.


* 12 Strawberries
* One 6 oz cup of Strawberry yogurt (I used Fit and Active brand from Aldi)
* Use same 6 oz container filled with fat free sour cream
* 2 and half cups of plain yogurt
* 1/4 teaspoon of  Black salt 
* 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon of coarsely ground black pepper
* 2 teaspoon of  roasted cumin power
* 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or to taste)
* 1/2 teaspoon of  Mango powder
 * 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro (optional)
 * Salt to taste
* 1 finely chopped green chili (optional)


* Mix strawberry yogurt, sour cream and plain yogurt.

* Take few strawberries and slice them for garnish. Set them aside.

* Chop rest of  the strawberries in to small pieces of desired size small chunks.

* Add strawberry chunks to yogurt mix.

* Add all the spices.

* Fold all the salt and spices and chunks of strawberries in yogurt well.

*Although I did not add this time, but you may fold in 1 tables spoon of  chopped cilantro and 1 finely chopped green chili to this.

* Garnish with strawberry slices. You may add /garnish with some pomegranate seeds for extra savory crunch and color.

* Serve chilled as side dish with Chapatis/parathas or Biryani/rice dishes.

 Enjoy :)

Recipe and Photographs by Surekha

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