Raitha

Yogurt

curds

Yogurt is by far the best “super food” that one can consume everyday. Our body needs a certain amount of “good” bacteria in the digestive tract, and we all know that yogurts are made using active good bacteria. One of the words we often hear is “probiotic” which literally means “for life,” refers to living organisms that can result in a health benefit when eaten in adequate amounts. Since yogurt comes from milk,we also get a dose of animal protien,plus several other nutrients found in dairy foods,like calcium,B-2,B-12,potassium and magnesium,loaded with goodies. I just love anything that has yogurt in it. Indians make different kinds of “Raithas” using yogurt, which can be eaten as it is or as an accompaniment to parathas,pulaos or biryanis! Again raitha can be made with most of the vegetables ,absolutely no boundries,best for any season:)

Raitha 1:  Ingredients:|Preparation Time:10mins|

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  • Yogurt   1 cup
  • Okra(Bhindi/Ladies finger)   250gms
  • Green Chilli  (deseeded and finely chopped)
  • Salt and Pepper as per taste
  • Oil to deep fry

Method: |Cooking time:10 mins|

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Wash and cut the okra moderately small, season it with salt n pepper. Heat the oil in a deep pan ,once it hot to be used,put in the okra and the finely chopped green chilli into it and fry it until it s crisp. Once the oil stops bubbling you know its ready. Take it out into a absorbent paper and keep it aside. Take some yogurt in a bowl , add a bit of salt as per taste n mix well. Just before serving add in the fried okra. It s a quick and tasty raitha:)

Tip: Remember always to add the vegetable ,whether cooked,fried or uncooked into the raitha just before serving as it will have the crispness of the vegetable intact!

Raitha 2:  Ingredients:|Preparation time:15 mins|

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  • Yogurt  1 cup
  • Potato  1 medium (boiled and cut into cubes)
  • Spinach(Palak)  a few leaves(finely chopped)
  • Garlic   2 cloves (crushed)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and Pepper as per taste

Method:|Cooking Time: 5 mins|

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Take the yogurt in a mixing bowl,add the crushed garlic,salt,lemon juice and mix it well. Just before serving add the cubed potaoes,chopped palak and pepper as per taste. As simple as that:)

Tip: You can blanch the palak if you dont like the raw taste of it!

**You can also use bottle gourd ,bitter gourd,brinjal,cucumber,tomatoes,carrot,beetroot and many more vegetable combinations,and also mint,coriander and dill leaves too.

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