Pahadi Raita — a refreshing flavorful cucumber raita from the northern hills of India, this is no ordinary raita! With heaps of fresh mint, mustard oil, garlic, and green chilies, this is truly the ultimate accompaniment to jazz up any meal and even works great as a dip with papdi or chips!
I’ve added some extra grated beetroot, carrot, chopped onions, and tomatoes for some break in texture and it was so good!
WATCH HOW TO MAKE PAHADI CUCUMBER YOGURT RAITA:
Begin by grinding mustard seeds, salt, and a touch of red chili using a mortar and pestle. This is the traditional way that it is made in places like Uttarakhand and it really helps to bring out the flavors so don’t skip this!
Now, we’ll add to our beautiful ground spices some fresh garlic, green chilies, coriander, and these vibrant mint leaves. Grind this into a coarse paste.
To this, we’ll add creamy, beaten yogurt. Then comes the crunch and freshness: grated cucumber, carrot, finely chopped onions, tomatoes, and grated beetroot.
Don’t forget that dash of roasted cumin seeds for an extra layer of flavor. Mix it until well combined and garnish with veggies and boondi.
And for that final touch, finish this with a drizzle of rich, aromatic mustard oil on top. Your Pahadi Raita is ready to pair with any meal or even enjoy as a dip with some papdi or chips! Enjoy!
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Pahadi Raita — a refreshing flavorful cucumber yogurt raita from the northern hills of India, this is no ordinary raita! With heaps of fresh mint, mustard oil, garlic, and green chilies, this is truly the ultimate accompaniment to jazz up any meal and even works great as a dip with papdi or chips!
- 1 ½ tsp mustard seeds
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp red chili powder
- 4 cloves garlic , roughly sliced
- 1 green chilies , roughly chopped
- ¼ cup cilantro , chopped
- 8 mint leaves
- 2 cups beaten yogurt
- ¼ cup cucumber , grated
- 2 tbsp carrots , grated
- 2 tbsp red onions , finely chopped
- 2 tbsp tomatoes , finely chopped
- 2 tsp beetroot , shredded
- 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
Then add garlic, green chilies, cilantro, and mint leaves. Grind them into a coarse paste.
Add in beaten yogurt, cucumber, carrots, red onions, tomatoes, and roasted cumin powder. Mix it well.
Garnish with shredded vegetables, boondi, and red chili powder. Drizzle some mustard oil on top and your Pahadi Raita is ready! Enjoy it with your meal or as a dip with chips or crackers.
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