Palak Ka Raita - Spinach and Yogurt Dish

Bowl of fresh spinach leaves on wood
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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 to 4 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
187 Calories
4g Fat
33g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 187
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 297mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Protein 9g
Calcium 236mg 18%
*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.)

Raita is an Indian side dish made with yogurt. This spinach raita is both tasty and nutritious. Serve it with your favorite daal and plain boiled or fragrant rice for a lovely vegetarian meal!


  • 2 tbsps vegetable/canola/sunflower cooking oil
  • 1 bunch spinach (approximately 1/2 lb or 250 g), washed and chopped fine
  • 2" piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 green chilies chopped very fine (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh, thick unsweetened yogurt—whisked till smooth
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped very fine
  • 1 dry red chili broken into small pieces

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the cooking oil in a pan on medium heat. Add the spinach, ginger, and green chilies to it and cook till the spinach is soft. Remove from fire and allow to cool.

  2. Put the spinach mixture into a mixing bowl. Add the yogurt and salt to taste. Stir to blend all ingredients well. Keep aside for now.

  3. Heat the remaining cooking oil in a small pan and when hot, add the cumin seeds, chopped garlic, and dry red chili pieces. Fry till spluttering stops and the spices are slightly darker.

  4. When this happens, remove from heat and pour evenly over the yogurt spinach mixture. Sir to blend and serve.