• Preeti Shridhar

Fruit Raita

Yogurt or Dahi is an integral part of Indian Cuisine.

It is served either plain, as buttermilk or raita.

Plain yogurt is enjoyed just like that, with sugar or with salt and roasted cumin powder.

Buttermilk also has many avatars ...salted, with ginger and green chili, with tempering of mustard seeds and curry leaves.

Raita is made with various vegetables like cucumber, carrot, potato, lady's finger, beetroot, eggplant and many more.

Most raita cannot be had during fasting as some of the spices / vegetables used are not permitted during fasting.

Fruit Raita is just perfect for fasting. It is infact ,a meal in itself. It's slightly sweet and only spices permitted during fasting are used. The raita, tastes best when thick curd is used to make it.

Fruits that you can use to make this incredible raita :

Banana

Apple

Grapes

Pineapple

Strawberry

Use whatever is available with you. You can make it with just a single fruit also.

You can peel the apple ,if you want.

Adjust the spices as per taste. This raita should be slightly sweet and less on salt.

During fasting, if mint is not permitted in your family, you can safely omit it. You can also replace it with 1/4 tsp of cardamom powder.



Ingredients

Thick Curd 2 cups

Apple 1/4 cut into small cubes

Grapes 8 halved

Banana 1/2 cut into quarters

Strawberry 10 quartered

Sugar 1 tbsp

Salt 1/4 tsp

Roasted Cumin Powder 1/2 tsp

Kashmiri Red Chili Powder 1/4 tsp

Freshly cracked Black Pepper 4 turns

Mint leaves 4 roughly chopped



Method

  1. Whisk the curd , add salt, sugar, roasted cumin powder, Kashmiri Red Chili Powder.

  2. Mix well and keep it to chill.

  3. Just before serving, chop the fruits , add to the curd

  4. Mix well and taste .

  5. Adjust seasoning .

  6. Garnish with chopped mint leaves.

  7. Serve immediately..



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