I just about made this raita for lunch and couldn't stop scooping and tasting it, that half the raita was gone :) My initial plan was to make potato raita, but then ended up adding few other veggies too. Quick and easy yogurt based dish to make.
2 cup - Yogurt
1 medium - Potato, cut to small cubes
1/4 to 1/2 cup - Cucumber, chopped to small pieces
1 medium - Tomato , chopped to small pieces
2 to 3 big - Shallots, diced finely Or 1 small regular onion
1 - Green chili, chopped finely
2 tbsp - Coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 tsp - Sugar
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp - Roasted cumin powder
1/4 tsp - Garam masala powder
1/4 tsp - Black pepper powder
1/2 tsp - Chat masala powder
1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
1 sprig - Curry leaves
1 tsp - Fresh ginger, grated
1 - whole dry red chili
1 tsp - Chana dal ( optional )
Ghee to fry
1 ) Beat or whisk the yogurt well to a smooth consistency. Boil potato in enough water, in the microwave or on stove top. Cool the potatoes.
2 ) Add all the veggies to the yogurt, sugar and salt. Mix well and adjust as per taste. If the yogurt is a bit sour, you will need a bit more sugar. Otherwise less of sugar.
3 ) In a pan heat ghee, pop mustard, then add chana dal, dry red chili, curry leaves and ginger. Fry ginger a bit. Take off stove and cool. Add to yogurt and mix.
4 ) Now sprinkle all the masala powders listed one by one on top of the raita. When serving you can mix the masala powders with yogurt.
Serve as a condiment with paratha's . This will taste best when fresh.