Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Fruit and nut raita

A cooling yogurt side dish that is perfect when served alongside spicy curries, biryani and rice pilafs. Makes for an excellent snack and a healthy dessert as well. The beauty of this very simple dish is in its combination of textures and balance of flavors - tart yogurt, soft and crisp fruits, nutty and crunchy walnuts.
You can use any fruit and nut combination you fancy for this dish. This version includes cranberries and walnuts along with apple, banana, pineapple, grapes and pomegranate pearls. 
4 cups plain yogurt, whisked well
1/2 small apple
1 banana
2-3 slices canned pineapple
Handful grapes
1/2 pomegranate
Palm full each walnuts and cranberries
Salt to taste (I used black rock salt)
3/4 tsp roasted cumin powder
1/2 tsp dry mint, palm crushed
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp sugar
  1. Chop all the fruit into small bite sized pieces.
  2. Add the fruit and nuts along with all the spices to the whisked yogurt. Spice measures are just a guideline. Use them as per your taste. Mix well.
  3. Taste to get the perfect salt-sugar and spice balance. 
  4. Garnish with pomegranate pearls, walnuts and cranberries. Serve cold.