Avocado raita is the Indian version of guacamole and tastes yummy with just about anything. This avocado Indian recipe combines Indian spices and yogurt for a truly different dip, and you can turn up the heat by adding more red chili powder and chopped green chilies.
A little background on raita: it is a dip made from yogurt and other spices that are blended with cooked or raw vegetables, or sometimes fruit. Raita is not only an Indian dish; it is a Pakistani and Bangladeshi side dish. The main feature of raita is the yogurt, which is also known as curd.
Raita is often referred to as a condiment, but it is quite different than condiments as we know them in Western countries. Raita is used to cool or contrast hot spices in curries and kebabs in Asian cuisines. In India, it is used mostly as a dip and often paired with chips or flatbread, along with chutneys and pickles.
A wide range of seasonings can go into raita, depending on the recipe or the region from where it is derived. These include roasted cumin seeds, mint, chaat masala or coriander. Cilantro is another interesting flavor substitute for raita. A wide range of raita recipes exist, from potato raita and pumpkin raita to carrot raita and beet raita. Mango raita, banana raita and pomegranate raita are a few common varieties of fruit-based raita.
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 medium-sized onion (very finely chopped)
- 2 medium-sized tomatoes (very finely chopped)
- 1 green chili (very finely chopped)
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (Juice of half a lemon)
- 1 cup yogurt (fresh, unsweetened, whisked till smooth)
- Dash salt (or to taste)
- Remove the flesh and seed from the avocados and put them into a mixing bowl. Mash the avocados until they are nearly smooth.
- Add the chopped onion, tomato, green chilli, all the spices, the lemon juice and chopped coriander. Mix it up until all of the ingredients are blended.
- Add the yogurt, salt to taste and stir it in to blend it in with the avocado mixture.
- Chill the mixture in the refrigerator and serve.
This Avocado Raita recipe can be served with parathas for a healthy meal. You may want to add other spices in or take a few out. One to try is cilantro, which can be added to this for even more flavor. Some people use buttermilk or sour cream as an alternative to the yogurt. It can be mixed by hand or run through a food processor for an even smoother texture.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||10 g|
|Saturated Fat||2 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||6 g|
|Dietary Fiber||5 g|