Yogurt is largely an everyday part of the Indian diet. It is still mostly homemade and eaten plain or in many forms of “raita” which is a kind of yogurt salad. Raita can be eaten with a variety of Indian foods but goes especially well with flavored rice & roti (bread) dishes such as Biryani, Pulav and stuffed parathas.
Here is a simple spinach raita that I make often. You can use either fresh chopped spinach (slighly blanched) for this or you could use frozen chopped spinach, thawed (I don’t usually blanch the frozen spinach but you can if you would like to). Make sure that the spinach is not too mushy if you are cooking it.
1 cup chopped spinach, fresh or frozen (all moisture squeezed out)
2-3 plum tomatoes chopped or 10 grape tomatoes chopped
1/2 an onion finely chopped
2 cups yogurt & 1/2 cup milk whisked together
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon rock salt (optional)
1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder (optional)
cayenne pepper (optional)
- Whisk the yogurt and milk together till smooth.
- Add salt to taste and mix well.
- Add the spinach,onions and tomatoes in and mix it well.
- Garnish with rock salt, roasted cumin and cayenne pepper.