Patriotic Raita for Indian Independence Day

13 Aug

15th August is just round the corner. To celebrate India’s Independence day, let the tricolor inspire our food. Here’s an idea in saffron, white and green – a patriotic raita.

Carrot Coriander Raita

You Need:

  • Plain yogurt – 2 cups
  • Carrots – 2, medium
  • Coriander – 1/2 bunch
  • Green chili – 1
  • Raisins – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – 1/3 teaspoon
  • Sugar – a pinch (optional)
  • Roasted cumin powder – 1/3 teaspoon

How To Make Tricolor Raita:

Whisk yogurt with salt and sugar till smooth.

Wash, scrape and grate carrots.
Wash and chop coriander and chili finely.

Assemble the raita to resemble the tricolor:

Spoon the whisked yogurt into a flat container, preferably a rectangular one (length: breadth = 3:2).

After the yogurt has settled (about 20 minutes), sprinkle grated carrots over the top third of the yogurt base and grated coriander over the bottom half of the yogurt base.

Sprinkle roasted cumin powder in as close a shape to the Ashok chakra as you can manage. [I was too impatient to try this step out, made do with a cross.]

Serve tricolor raita with rice, dal and curry. Happy Independence day!

Tricolor Raita: Yogurt Dip in Saffron, White and Green


Want to try other raita recipes too? Popular choices: cucumber raita, pineapple raita.

4 Responses to “Patriotic Raita for Indian Independence Day”

  1. Tadka Pasta August 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM #

    Ah! So easy and pretty! Would go really well with those palak or rajma parathas :)

    • S August 25, 2012 at 9:45 AM #

      Oh yes, this raita can totally hold its ground with brightly colored parathas :-)

  2. Sayantani August 25, 2012 at 9:35 AM #

    lovely colourful raita. nice blog you have created here. thanks for visiting me and thereby letting me find you. love that bonbon recipe. very cute.

    • S August 25, 2012 at 9:41 AM #

      Hey Sayantani, Great to see you here :-)

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