2 cups plain yoghurt
2 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon chili powder (adjust according to taste)
½ teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon ginger paste (optional)
salt to taste
2 tablespoon chopped cilantro (coriander)
2 hot chili chopped (adjust according to taste)
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Specific Raita Ingredients:
Use any of these ingredients to make specific Riatas. You can mix all of them together in any combination to suit your taste as well:
1 teaspoon finely chopped mint
Cucumber, Onion, Tomato
finely chopped white button mushrooms
2 teaspoon garlic paste
1 Beat yogurt until smooth. (use blender for fast results)
2 Add all the spices including salt.
3 Add any special ingredients to make a specific Raita.
5 Garnish with fresh Cilantro, nutmeg and chili prior to serving.
Raita is a salty cooling side dish made out of Yogurt. For those who are familiar with western food, it is somewhat similar to Cole Slaw but definitely spicier.
Raita can be made in many ways. Some of basic variation is given here. Raita should always be served chilled and consumed as soon as it is made.
To make simple Raita you can just use salt and pepper with yogurt.
Sprinkle red paprika (by holding it between thumb and forefinger) to make decorative objects such as star or Indian swastika.