Cool your palate with this easy Raita recipe
This weekend I really felt like some Indian food, but instead of spending a fortune on takeaway, I made it myself from scratch!
In my pantry I always have certain staples such as dried lentils, canned tomatoes, coconut milk and spices, so I can whip up most things without leaving home, and a quick visit to the market to pick up some fresh meat or veg is always fun and not a chore for me. I’m always happiest when I’m at a market or around food!
You can find many recipes for curries online, but I think the most important thing is to cook them for long enough to allow the spices to shine! The beef curry I made using oyster blade was started on the stove and then slow cooked in the oven, and the Dahl curry only took about 20 mins while my beef curry was in the oven.
My favourite accompaniment to Indian food is a simple, super-easy Raita - Indian cousin of Tzatziki! Even if you do opt for some take-away you can still whip up this Raita in no time! I always have yogurt in the fridge and making Raita is almost like making Tzatziki - my friends will laugh at this observation; they like to make jokes about my Greek heritage and say that I have Tzatziki with everything! So next time you’re having Indian at home, make sure you try this simple Raita recipe!
Simple Raita Recipe
- Good dollop of plain yogurt
- Half of a small cucumber
- 2 tbsp. fresh coriander
- 2 tbsp. fresh mint
- 1 spring onion
- Pinch of ground cumin
- Pinch of ground coriander
- Chop coriander, mint, spring onion and cucumber.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl and season with salt.
- Serve chilled. Enjoy!