Carrot Onion Raita

21 Jul

Carrot Onion Raita

Carrot onion raita (yogurt drip) with crunch and a color palette reminiscent of the Indian flag! This cool, tangy accompaniment for Indian meals, with its hint of sweetness, give the perfect balance to spicy Indian gravies.

Carrot Onion Raita

You Need:

  • Carrot – 1 medium (1 cup when grated)
  • Onion – 1 small (half cup when finely chopped)
  • Green chili – 1
  • Raisins – 10-12
  • Plain unflavored yogurt – 2 cups
  • Salt – 1/4 teaspoon (adjust to taste)
  • Black salt* (kala namak) – 1/4 teaspoon (optional)
  • Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon (adjust to taste)

*Kala namak or black salt is a pungent rock salt that adds to the flavor of the raita. If you find it hard to procure or don’t relish its taste, you can omit it from the recipe and increase the quantity of white salt accordingly.

Carrot, Onion, Green Chili, Raisins

In the picture above: Raita ingredients – carrot, onion, green chili, raisins.

How To Make Carrot Onion Raita:

Finely chop the onion and green chili. Grate the carrot.

Chopped Onions, Grated Carrot, Green Chili

Soak raisins in two tablespoons of warm water for 30 minutes.

Whip yogurt with salt, black salt and sugar to a smooth consistency.

Whipped Yogurt

Add the grated carrot, chilies, chopped onions and raisins into the yogurt. Don’t throw away the water used to soak the raisins – add that too to the yogurt.

Yogurt with Grated Carrot, Chopped Onions, Soaked Raisins

Mix all the ingredients well with the yogurt. Taste and adjust the salt and sugar as needed.

Carrot onion raita is ready. Cover the raita and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to blend.

Carrot Onion Raita

A picture of my meal – carrot onion raita with spinach moong dal, beetroot parathas, sticks of fresh white radish and stuffed red chili pickle:

Carrot Onion Raita, Dal, Beetroot Paratha

[Old pic!] Carrot onion raita with chhole masala and rice:

Carrot Onion Raita


Try out other types of raita: cucumber raita, pineapple raita.

More patriotic fervor with patriotic raita for Independence Day.

2 Responses to “Carrot Onion Raita”

  1. Tadka Pasta July 21, 2011 at 11:20 AM #

    What a pretty color! I’m going to try this the next time raita is on the menu.

    • S July 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM #

      It is, isn’t it :) I love this raita, hope you will too.

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