Raita is a term used for a yogurt preparation. It can be made with many different
ingredients, but the base is always plain yogurt.Very cooling, it is a great accompaniment
to spicy dishes and can be prepared in a jiffy.
The vegetable raita is a traditional accompaniment to Biryanis and Pulaos.
1&1/2 cups plain yogurt
1/4 cup cold water
1 red onion finely chopped
1 firm tomato finely chopped
1 cucumber peeled and finely chopped (i like to use kirby or persian cucumbers)
1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
1 finely chopped green chilli(optional)
salt to taste
a pinch of red chilli powder
1 tsp chaat masala (you can substitute with ground cumin )
Whisk yogurt with water and salt till smooth.Add the rest or the ingredients
and mix well.Serve cold.