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Mint Raita (Pudhina Raita)

Posted By Vardhini On August 27, 2011 @ 4:00 am In Blogging Marathon,Condiments,Gallery,Healthy Recipes,Indian,Quick & Easy,Raita/Salad,Under 30 minutes | No Comments

Day 5 of the blogging marathon with theme condiments. This is my second raita for the marathon, the first one being eggplant raita. Raita is basically made with yogurt and other vegetables / fruits / herbs of choice. Some raitas require no cooking like the onion or cucumber raita whereas some need a little cooking. If there is pulao or biriyani, then there has to be raita at home. At least it helps in avoiding junk food like potato chips. From having known only onion raita, I have recently started experimenting with different vegetables.
Mint is a delicacy given the place I live :) . I get it may be once in 3 to 4 months. Although we get something called spearmint in our place, I feel it doesn’t have the same taste as the Indian mint. On our recent trip to the Indian store we picked up two bundles of mint and it was the week of mint. I made mint pulao, mint raita and mint thogayal. I have to say that we enjoyed it to our heart’s content.


Ingredients
1 cup packed mint leaves
1-1.5 cups yogurt
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp chilly powder
1/4 tsp rock salt

Notes
1. Adjust the quantity of mint puree and chilly powder to taste. It is best to add little, taste and add more if needed.
2. Regular salt can be used instead of rock salt.
3. Prepare cumin powder in bulk and store in airtight containers. Making raita becomes a breeze if the powder is made in advance.

Method
To prepare cumin powder, dry roast the cumin seeds. Allow to cool.

Take in a mixie / coffee grinder.

Grind to a powder. This stores well in an airtight container.

Take the mint leaves in a blender.

Add some yogurt to allow the leaves to blend easily.

Puree the mint. I have used fat free yogurt and hence the consistency is watery.

Add the yogurt to the mint puree. I would suggest you start with the required amount of yogurt and add the puree to it little by little. Mint has a strong flavor, so adjust the quantity of puree based on taste.

Add the cumin powder and chilly powder.

Add the rock salt for authentic taste. Regular salt can also be used.

That is it. Refreshing bowl of raita ready to be served with pulao or biriyani.

Enjoy!

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