Carrot Raita

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The raita is a simple recipe with many variations and can become spicy,plain, sweet or savory.

Curd is the main ingredient here,traditionally curd to mix-ins ratio is 2:1,so if we are using 2 cups curd,we will add a cup of mix-ins which can include mixed vegetables, boondi, fruits (like pineapple,pomegranate) or mint.

Most common spices used in any raita is roasted jeera powder and chat masala.

Raita has many variations and you can add absolutely anything to it.Posting some of the variation in my blog….

Ingredients:

2 cup Curds.

1 cup  grated Carrot.

1/2 tsp Sugar.

1/4 tsp roasted Jeera powder.

Pinch of Black pepper powder.

1/8 tsp Chat masala.

Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing.

Method:

Peel and finely grate carrots.

In a bowl mix together curds,salt,sugar,pepper powder,chat masala and roasted jeera powder.

Whisk till smooth,add grated carrot and mix well.

Remove in a serving bowl and top with grated carrot and chopped coriander leaves.

Serve chilled with Biryani or Pulao of your choice.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.

Boondi Raita

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The raita is a simple recipe with many variations and can become spicy,plain, sweet or savory.

Curd is the main ingredient here,traditionally curd to mix-ins ratio is 2:1,so if we are using 2 cups curd,we will add a cup of mix-ins which can include mixed vegetables, boondi, fruits (like pineapple,pomegranate) or mint.

Most common spices used in any raita is roasted jeera powder and chat masala.

Raita has many variations and you can add absolutely anything to it.Posting some of the variation in my blog….

Ingredients:

2 cup Curds diluted with 2 cups water.

1 cup  Khari Boondi

1 tbsp chopped Corriander leaves.

1/2 tsp Sugar.

1/4 tsp roasted Jeera powder.

Pinch of Black pepper powder.

1/8 tsp Chat masala.

1/4 tsp Chilli powder

Method:

In a bowl mix together diluted curds,salt,sugar,pepper powder,chat masala and roasted jeera powder.

Whisk till smooth,add boondi and mix well.

Remove in a serving bowl,sprinkle some chilli powder,top with chopped corriander leaves and some bundi.

Serve chilled with Biryani or Pulao of your choice.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.

Onion Raita

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Ingredients:

2 cup Curds.

1 cup  Finely sliced Onions

1 tbsp chopped Corriander leaves.

1/2 tsp Sugar.

1/4 tsp roasted Jeera powder.

Pinch of Black pepper powder.

1/8 tsp Chat masala.

Method:

Deskin and finely slice Onions.

In a bowl mix together curds,salt,sugar,pepper powder,chat masala and roasted jeera powder.

Whisk till smooth,add sliced onions and mix well.

Remove in a serving bowl and top with chopped corriander leaves.

Serve chilled with Biryani or Pulao of your choice.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.

Tomato Raita

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The raita is a simple recipe that has so many variations and can become spicy or plain, sweet or savory.

Curd is the main ingredient here,traditionally curd to mix-ins ratio is 2:1,so if we are using 2 cups curd,we will add a cup of mix-ins which can include mixed vegetables, boondi, fruits (like pineapple,pomegranate) or mint.

Most common spice used in any raita is roasted jeera powder and chat masala.

Raita has many variations and you can add absolutely anything to it.Posting some of the variation in my blog….

Ingredients:

2 cup Curds.

1 cup  finely chopped Tomatoes.

1 small Tomato chopped for garnishing.

1/2 tsp Sugar.

1/4 tsp roasted Jeera powder.

Pinch of Black pepper powder.

1/2 tsp Chilli powder.

Method:

Clean,pat dry and  finely chop tomatoes.

In a bowl mix together curds,salt,sugar,pepper powder and roasted jeera powder.

Whisk till smooth,add little water if required,add chopped tomatoes and mix well.

Remove in a serving bowl and decorate with tomato wedges.

Serve chilled with Biryani or Pulao of your choice.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.

Cucumber Raita

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The raita is a simple recipe that has so many variations and can become spicy or plain, sweet or savory.

Curd is the main ingredient here,traditionally curd to mix-ins ratio is 2:1,so if we are using 2 cups curd,we will add a cup of mix-ins which can include mixed vegetables, boondi, fruits (like pineapple,pomegranate) or mint.

Most common spice used in any raita is roasted jeera powder and chat masala.

Raita has many variations and you can add absolutely anything to it.Posting some of the variation in my blog….

Ingredients:

2 cup Curds.

1 cup peeled & finely chopped Cuccumber.

1/2 tsp Sugar.

1/4 tsp roasted Jeera powder.

1/8 tsp Chat masala.

Pinch of Black pepper powder.

1/2 tsp Chilli powder.

Method:

Clean,peel and finely chop cucumber.

20130325_204034In a bowl mix together curds,salt,sugar,pepper powder,chat masala and roasted jeera powder.

Whisk till smooth,add little water if required,add cucumber and mix well.

Remove in a serving bowl and decorate with chilli powder.

Chopped corriander leaves can also be added if desired.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.

Gajar Beet Pachadi(Gajar Beetroot Salad)

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This dish I had first tasted at my friend Dr Pradnya Bedekar’s home…….I just loved it.

This is a typical Maharashtrian salad,usually served with authentic Maharashtrian meal.

Ingredients:

1 cup grated Carrot.

1/4 cup Onion chopped(Optional).

1/4 cup grated Beetroot.

2 tbsp Shengdana kut(Ref glossary).

2 tbsp grated Coconut.

1/2 tsp Sugar.

Pepper powder to taste.

Salt to taste.

1 tbsp chopped Corriander leaves.

For Tempering(Optional)

1 tsp Ghee.

1/2 tsp Rai ( Mustard seeds).

6 Curry leaves.

pinch of Hing ( Asafoetida.)

Method:

Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl.Heat Ghee,add rai,hing and curry leaves.

Add to the mixture.Mix well.Garnish with chopped corriander leaves.Serve immediately.

Tip:Tempering is optional,can also be nmade without tempering.

Avoid adding onion if making on any auspicious occassion.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.

 

 

Green Salad.

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This is a simple salad which goes with any dish, and is nice to have on a warm summer day.Tastes yummy if served chilled.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Cubed Cucumber

1 Cup Chopped Lettuce

1/2 Cup Chopped Tomatoes.

2 tbsp chopped Capsicum.

Dressing:

1 tbsp Salad oil.

1 tbsp honey.

1/2 tsp Black Pepper Powder.

Salt to taste.

Method:

In a big bowl,mix together all the cut vegetables.Transfer to refrigerator.

To prepare dressing,in another bowl mix together salad oil,honey and black pepper powder.

Just before serving add salt and dressing,toss well.

Serve chilled.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera