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Raita – yogurt dip with a twist

Raita dip | insimoneskitchen.com

In my head it all sounded so nice. I would make a delicious dip to go along with a summery barbecue. But – as we speak – the rain literally comes pouring down and I finally understand where the term ‘It’s raining cats and dogs is coming from’ (and no I haven’t seen any cat or dog falling out of the sky as of yet)

It’s raining so hard that I went upstairs to check if the attic was still dry. Maybe because I also just heard on the radio that the weather in Holland will be getting more extreme in the coming years. The rain will turn into storms with lots of ligtning and thunder and the summers will be hot and dry. Winters warm and wet… Hmm, we shall see. Not much we can do about it anyway!

raita from yogurt dip | insimoneskitchen.com

Thankfully this raita is also delicious if the sun doesn’t shine and you can use it as a dip for a nice vegetarian shoarma sandwich (or not vegetarian, that choice is up to you ofcourse) I make either raita or tzatziki on a regular basis. I roast some veggies to go along with it which I season with some fresh herbs. I heat some of those pita breads, put the vegetables in and load the raita on top and I dig in!

Raita originally comes from India and you can make as many variations as you like; with cucumber, but also with onion, carrot or for a sweet version you can use pineapple or papaya. I made this one with cucumber, coriander, cumin and cayenne pepper. You can add a little garlic if you like, although that is not entirely traditional.

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Raita

Ingredients:

  • 250 gr of thick yoghurt such as Greek yoghurt
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 clove of garlic, crushed
  • pepper
  • salt
  • fresh cilantro for garnis
  • cayenne pepper for garnish

Directions:

  1. Grate half of the cucumber and put in a colander. Add some salt to it and leave to drain for a bit.
  2. Put the yoghurt into a large bowl and add the cumin and coriander to it with the garlic (if using). Taste and add salt and pepper
  3. Cut the other half of the cucumber into small dice and set aside.
  4. Once the cucumber has drained press some more moisture out of it with a spoon and add to the yoghurt. Stir through to combine.
  5. To serve put into a nice bowl, add some cayenne on top with the fresh cilantro and the cucumber cubes

 

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4 Comments

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    May 31, 2014 at 12:31 am

    I like rain, anyone living in one of the dryest continents on Earth would, but I don’t like rain that comes in sideways. 🙂

    I think a pita bread cut in half and stuffed with roast veggies, herbs and this dip sounds marvelous!

  • Reply
    Chocolate Shavings
    May 31, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Love the look of your raita! Would be wonderful to spoon over some grilled lamb chops!

  • Reply
    Terra
    June 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Since I am snack freak, this dip sounds like a perfect treat! Love all the flavors combined! Yum, Hugs, Terra

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    Chickpea burger a la Plancha | Simone's Kitchen
    November 1, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    […] you eat it with a fresh yoghurt sauce with for instance some mint. Or serve it with my delicious raita I made earlier. Because the chickpea is a bit dryer in texture it can do with a bit of […]

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