Try These Refreshing Raita Recipes

Mint-Cucumber Raita
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Raita is the most commonly used Indian word for savory yogurt-based side dishes. Raitas are made by combining yogurt all kinds of grated, pureed and chopped vegetables. Ingredients other than vegetables - like Boondi (made from gram flour) or chutneys - can also be used to make Raita. Raita is the perfect accompaniment for all kinds of dishes, especially spicy or hot ones as the yogurt it is made from, cuts the heat! Here is a collection of Raita recipes...

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    Mint-Cucumber Raita

    Serve this cooling dish with practically anything! It tastes especially good with stuffed Parathas (flatbread) and Biryanis and Pulaos (rice dishes).

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    Chatpata Channa Raita

    Not only is this a great side dish for any meal, Chatpata Channa Raita is also a terrific on-a-diet dish! Eat a large bowl of it and you'll be filled up, in your stomach and your mind!

  • 03 of 06

    Baingan Ka Raita

    This is a seriously yummy side dish! It is also perfect for hot summer days as it is chilled before eating. I love to spoon it over plain rice or dip crispy poppadums in it.

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    Palak Ka Raita

    This raita is both tasty and nutritious. Serve it with your favorite daal and plain boiled or fragrant rice for a lovely vegetarian meal!

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    Sowa Kakdi Raita

    This simple recipe uses fragrant dill to create a cooling side dish to serve with a Pilaf (or Pulao - rice dish). It is really easy to make.

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    Avocado Raita

    Avocado Raita is the Indian version of guacamole and tastes yummy with just about anything you serve it with. Turn up the heat by adding more red chili powder and chopped green chilies!