Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Spinach / Palak Raita

Raita's are condiments, yogurt based with veggies and seasoned with spices. Here for this spinach raita, i have used baby spinach and tossed in some nuts , raisins and seasoned it with spices. You should make this raita, way ahead of serving time and keep it refrigerated for atleast 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Ingredients

1 cup - Spinach, cut into thin strips
2 cups - Rich, creamy thick and slightly sour yogurt
2 tbsp - Coriander leaves, chopped finely
1 tbsp - Almonds, coarsely chopped
1 tbsp - Cashew nuts, coarsely chopped
1 to 2 tbsp - Golden raisins

Masala powders

A dash of - Roasted jeera powder
A dash of - Red chili powder
A pinch of - Coriander powder
Salt to taste

Seasoning

1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp - Jeera /Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp - Urad dal
1/2 tsp - Chana dal
1 sprig - Curry leaves
Oil or Ghee

Method

1 ) Beat yogurt well, add spinach, coriander leaves, almond, cashew, raisins and salt to taste. Mix in well, place in refrigerator for at least 2 to 3 hours. Take the raita out to season, after 2-3 hours. Sprinkle the masala powders, one by one, on top of the raita and mix in.

2 ) Heat oil in a pan, add mustard and pop it. Then add jeera, urad dal, chana dal and curry leaves. Fry for few seconds and pour this seasoning on the raita. Mix in well and serve.

Serve cold as a side dish with paratha's or pulao's.

16 comments:

Kalai said...

Wouldn't have thought of adding raisins and nuts to spinach raita, but it looks delicious! Will have to try this out soon! :)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Pravs:
That was a nice entry... Looks YUM!... Goes perfect with parathas... So cool and refreshing.....

Purnima said...

Pravs, this is unique one! Addition o f nuts must hv given it that extra crunch n raisins a mild sweetness to it! wow! Hey my SIL has thanked you for I passed ur link to Vendyakya curry! My bro n she thoroughly enjoyed the curried version! Thanks from her as well!
My Andhra friend shared this -
wash n chop spinach finely, a cup
heat a tsp oil in pan, add 1/4tsp jeera, add one slit green chili(or more as per ur heat preference) add the chopped spinach, sautee, on low flame, cover and cook for around 3-4 mins or till it cooks in its own water dont add water, it will turn crisp..keep aside...just b4 having, serving bowl take enough curd, add a pinch of red chili pwdr, salt, pinch of jeera pwdr mix well, last add this crisped paalak!
I had tried it several times, tastes great! Quick n less ing.too..shall try out your way of Raita too! Feedback as soon as I taste it! :D Take care..thanks!

easycrafts said...

Thats a cool one...i guess we can have it as it is too for summers

Asha said...

So yummy, I could have this parathas, straight up!:))

Uma said...

cool, cool, cool raita Pravs! Love the presentation too.

Jamie said...

This looks very refreshing Pravs!

Pravs said...

Kalai : Nuts gives a good crunchiness and raisins, its sweetness. I liked the sweetness of raisins in between.

Sukanya : Yes, will be a nice with paratha. Do try sometime.

Purnima : Great reading your comment :) Happy to know vendakka curry was so liked by your bro & SIL.
Thanks for sharing this spinach recipe. Sounds yum..will try it out soon. The spinach raita recipe i have posted, spinach is not cooked, so have to marinate in curds to induce the flavors.

Easycrafts : Do try if you like spinach. Tastes good with a good creamy yogurt.

Asha : so you are for the parathas and not the raita ? :) I am sure you will like the raita too :)

Uma : Thanks uma :D

Jamie : Thanks :D do try.

Richa said...

such a colorful raita, raisins make it yum-o :)

Madhavi said...

Very nice entry pravs, love the recipe. perfect with thepla too!!!

easycrafts said...

Pravs, an award for u at my blog

SASHREE said...

Pravs,thats a great raitha..shuld try it for sure

Kalai said...

You have a surprise waiting for you at my blog! :)

Prajusha said...

pravs,
raita looks rich,colorfuland yummmy...

zlamushka said...

Pravs, that is one beatufully colored raita. Yum.

Seema said...

WoW!! This is delicious../ Made it few times, but not added nuts etc! A nice one:-)