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Pineapple Raita

Delight your guests by serving this sweet and tangy pineapple raita - a yogurt-based condiment that is a cooling accompaniment to spicy biryanis and parathas.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Pineapple raita, Ananas raita
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 263
Author Anushree Shetty

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pineapple chunks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups thick yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried crushed mint leaves (or use fresh ones)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro optional
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils optional

Instructions

  • Place a pan over medium heat and add pineapple chunks and sugar.
  • Cook for about 2-3 minutes and turn the pineapple chunks once. Shake the pan to allow the caramelized sugar to coat the pineapple nicely. Cook for another 2-3 minutes till the pineapple turns golden brown.
  • Whisk the yogurt till it is smooth. Add the remaining ingredients (chili powder, pepper powder, black salt, roasted cumin powder, and mint leaves) and mix well.
  • Do a taste test and adjust the seasonings as needed. Refrigerate for an hour.
  • Sprinkle with cilantro and pomegranate arils before serving.

Notes

  1. Use thick yogurt for best results.
  2. Pineapple raita can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days but it tastes best when consumed the same day.
  3. Yogurts in India are sourer than the ones found in the US. To cut the sourness, add 1/4th cup milk. Make sure you are using thick yogurt or strain the yogurt if needed before adding milk.
  4. If the pineapple is letting out juice while it is being cut, reserve the juice and add it to the raita.

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 11g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 334mg | Potassium: 516mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 27.9mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 1.3mg