Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
It’s worth your while to seek out a yogurt that’s not overly processed for this raita (and, for that matter, any other use); national brands often add thickeners to their yogurts, which significantly change the yogurt’s natural consistency. If they’re all that’s available to you, just whisk the yogurt with a little water to thin it out.
The Salsa called Raita: Chutney has well-deserved and widespread fame, but the lesser-known raita, a cooling side dish that combines aspects of salad, salsa, chutney, and sauce, is just as frequently served as an accompaniment to Indian meals. (There are similar preparations in the Middle East—think of tzatziki, the Greek preparation of yogurt and cucumber.)
Raita is almost always tart, because it’s yogurt based; this means it’s usually cooling, too, though it may be spicy as well. Usually there is a component of herbs and spices, and sometimes the sourness is balanced by sweetness. The Chickpea Raita is a good basic raita, but you could just as easily prepare the dish made with tomato, chile, and cilantro or mixed cut-up vegetables and cumin or cooked cubed potatoes and minced chiles. You get the idea.
Preparation Time10 min
Preparation Time - Text10 minutes, with cooked chickpeas
Total Timeunder 15 minutes
OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together
Recipe Courseside dish
Dietary Considerationside dish
Taste and Texturecreamy, crunchy, hot & spicy, savory, tart
Type of Dishvegetable
- 1½ cups plain yogurt, preferably full fat
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas, drained (canned are fine)
- 1/4 cup minced cucumber (leave the skin on if it’s unwaxed)
- 1/4 cup minced red onion
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
- Salt and black pepper
Combine the yogurt, chickpeas, cucumber, onion, sugar, cumin, and mustard in a bowl.
Add red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
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