Saturday, April 17, 2010

Beetroot Raita

I'm not a great fan of beetroot but lately I have been coming around it. I do love the color though and even if I'm not so inclined for using up the beetroot and color calls on me. They do.

So don't get yourself thinking when you hear "Raita". All it is a a spiced yogurt based sauce or dip or side dish that's served almost regularly in an Indian house. Its similar to Greek tzatziki. Vegetable like cucumber, peas, carrot, onions can be added. This one is  particularly loved at home and I hope you like it too.

Beetroot Raita
Serves: 6-7

2 Beetroots (shredded)
1/2 kg Yogurt
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 cup Cocunut (fresh and shredded)
1 tsp Cardamom Powder
1 tsp sugar
2 green chillies ( slit vertically)
2-3 tbsp Mint (chopped)
1-2 tbsp coriander ( chopped)
1 tbsp of vegetable oil


Shred the beetroot. Whisk the yogurt.
Mix the yogurt and beetroot.
Lightly roast the coconut. And mix with the yogurt.
Mix the chopped herbs and cardamom, sugar and salt.
Separately, when the oil is hot enough, add the green chillies and mustard seeds.(This is called tadka)
Pour it over the yogurt and it will continue sizzle.
Serve at room temperature.


  1. such a fresh colored this raita..very healthy..

  2. My favorite part of cooking Indian food for guests is making several different kinds of Raita and Chutney. This one with its bright color will definitely be served with our next Indian dinner. Thanks for posting.

  3. The raitha looks so delicious.the color is awesome.the beetroot is a very healthy vegettable..i like any type of to have raitha with biryanis..
    very well explained
    First time here yarr..u have nice blog and i liked ur presentation.Whener u get a chance visit our blog too

  4. Deepa- We love it too!

    Nicole- I wish I was one of your guests because no one loves raita and chutney more than me ;). If you do try it, please let us know how it turned out..

    Praniskitchen - Thank you! You have a great space yourself:)

  5. Hey Kulsum!

    Just stumbled upon your blog and am loving it:) The beet-root raita looks so good.


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