Indian Raita Recipes – Check out these 10 exciting variations of the basic Indian raita recipe – they are a perfect way to cool your palate after savoring a spicy Indian meal.
What is raita?
If you never had Indian raita, imagine thick yogurt whisked until it smooth and creamy, then seasonings such as salt, pepper or chili powder are added along with herbs such as finely chopped cilantro or mint.
Have this Indian yogurt sauce as is or throw in some finely chopped or grated vegetables (such as cucumber, onions, tomatoes) and even fruits (pineapple, mango, etc). They are a perfect accompaniment to your favorite Indian curry or biryani recipes.
What is the difference between the tzatziki and raita?
Raita can also be used as a substitute to tzatziki, a dip popular in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. But there are a few differences.
- Raita is not as thick as Tsaziki which is made from thick yogurt.
- Also, Tsaziki is almost always made with cucumbers whereas, with raita, you can pick veggies or fruits of your choice.
How to make raita?
While there are various versions of raita which include vegetables, fruits, and boondi (deep-fried balls made from chickpea flour ), the basic Indian raita is in fact just whisked yogurt, combined with salt, finely chopped green chilies and cilantro (or sometimes mint) as garnishing.
There is no one way to make raitas but you could say that most raitas will include at least the first 3 ingredients listed below
- Thick yogurt – The best-tasting raitas use fresh, (ideally homemade) thick yogurt made from whole milk. If the yogurt is runny make sure to strain it.
- Seasonings – You could use table salt or black salt for that extra tangy kick. Roasted cumin powder, chaat masala, dry mango powder are often used to season raitas.
- Heat – To add a hint of heat to your raita, use either finely chopped Thai green chilies, chili powder or freshly ground peppercorns.
- Vegetables – Cucumber (grated or chopped), onions, tomatoes, beetroot, potatoes, carrots, etc.
- Fruits – Pineapple, Pomegranate, and Mango are the popular ones but feel free to experiment with other fruits as well such as apple and pear.
- Garnishing – finely chopped cilantro or mint leaves (fresh or dried).
- Tempering – Some raitas (like this cucumber raita) are tempered with oil, curry leaves (kadipatta) and added as an extra punch.
The ratio of yogurt to veggies and fruits can vary from one household to the other but I prefer to keep it 1:1 like in this cucumber raita recipe.
How long does homemade raita last?
It tastes best if you refrigerate and consume it within a day or two.
What do you eat raita with?
How is raita different from pachadi?
Pachadis when broadly translated refers to food that has been pounded almost like a chutney. A common way of making it involves combining yogurt with chopped or ground veggies or fruits with spices. It is finished by tempering it with coconut oil, mustard seeds, urad dal, and curry leaves.
Here’s how raitas and pachadis differ –
- Raita is an accompaniment that hails from North India while pachadis are from the southern part of India.
- Raitas are almost always yogurt based but pachadis don’t have to be. Pachadis can be yogurt based or made by combining cooked vegetables in a coconut based sauce which is then tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
That on a nutshell is the difference between the two.
A quick note before we jump off to the recipes
Most of us have a go-to raita recipe that we rely on from time to time. But if you are someone who likes to mix things up, I have a list of 10 raita recipes for you to try. You’ll find a few traditional recipes, some with a twist and some exciting new ones that you have never made before. I would love for you to try them and leave me a comment on how you liked it. I can’t wait to hear from you :-).
This basic Indian raita recipe is made from everyday pantry ingredients and can be assembled together in no time. This cucumber onion tomato raita is the most commonly made raita in most Indian households.
This refreshing spiced yogurt raita made from mint is a worthy accompaniment to delicious biryanis, parathas, and other grilled Indian foods. Learn how to make it in under 5-minutes.
This delicious mix made from grated cucumber and yogurt is our favorite raita to pair with any Indian meal. In fact, this is my go-to raita for biryani recipes. Check out this recipe to find out what makes it to so ‘lick-your-bowl’ good.
Eat this pineapple raita as a dessert or pair it with biryanis – this raita sauce tastes delicious either way. Also, learn my trick to make it irresistible.
If you have been craving some Indian raita to go with your biryani recipes, then this recipe is for you. Make it with ingredients that you have at home and in less than 5 minutes. It is the perfect way to finish off a delicious Indian meal.
Crispy chickpea flour balls soaked in spice-infused creamy yogurt, that’s what this delicious boondi raita is made of. A hot favorite in our home – we can’t get enough of this crunchy boondi raita.
If you love mangoes, then this mango raita recipe has your name written all over it. Enjoy it as a dessert or as a side dish along with a spicy Indian meal.
Chilled and refreshing yogurt dip with crunchy bites of capsicum! Cools down any Indian meal for this hot and humid season.
This raita is a delicious combination of mint, coriander, yogurt, and pomegranate. The freshness of mint and coriander definitely make this pomegranate raita a summer favorite.
This cooling and refreshing beet raita makes a perfect side dish to pair with Indian food.