- Preeti Shridhar
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 :
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.
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
Whisk the curd , add salt, sugar, roasted cumin powder, Kashmiri Red Chili Powder.
Mix well and keep it to chill.
Just before serving, chop the fruits , add to the curd
Mix well and taste .
Adjust seasoning .
Garnish with chopped mint leaves.