Avocado Raita (Indian Guacamole)

Avocado Raita (Indian Guacamole)

The Spruce / Tara Omidvar

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
154 Calories
12g Fat
12g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 154
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 53mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 27mg 134%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 562mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 exists, 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 onion, very finely chopped

  • 2 medium tomatoes, very finely chopped

  • 1 green chili, very finely chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves (cilantro)

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, from 1/2 lemon

  • 1 cup plain yogurt, whisked till smooth

  • 1 dash salt, or to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Avocado Raita (Indian Guacamole) ingredients

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  2. Remove the pit from the avocados and put the flesh into a mixing bowl.

    Remove the pit from the avocados and put the flesh into a mixing bowl

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  3. Mash the avocados with a fork until they are nearly smooth.

    Mash the avocados with a fork

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  4. Add the chopped onion, tomato, green chili, all the spices, the lemon juice, and chopped coriander. Mix it up until all of the ingredients are blended.

    Add the chopped onion, tomato, green chili, all the spices, the lemon juice, and chopped coriander to the bowl with avocados

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  5. Add the yogurt, salt to taste, and stir it in to blend it in with the avocado mixture.

    add yogurt to the avocado mixture in the bowl

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  6. Cover and chill the mixture in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

    Avocado Raita (Indian Guacamole) in a bowl

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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.

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