Vegetable raita Recipe with step by step photos. Vegetable raita is one of the commonly made raita in Indian homes. Raita is one dish that often accompanies Indian meals and even complements the meal in taste, flavor and nutrition.
There are quite a number of variations to making this yogurt based dish. The most common as well as popular are Cucumber raita, Boondi raita and Onion raita. most raita goes well with pulao, biryani or roti-sabzi combo.
Making raita is very easy and quick. just chop some vegetables or fruits and add them to the yogurt. The same is the case with this raita, which is good for kids as well as adults.
Tips for making veg raita
- There is no set recipe as such for making raita. The proportion of veggies to yogurt can always be altered as per one’s choice. However, care has to be taken when seasoning the raita with spice powders and salt. There has to be a balance of taste in the final dish. Too much of sugar, salt, chaat masala or pepper can spoil the taste.
- Again, the Veggies can be of your choice. you can add veggies like boiled potatoes, blanched french beans, steamed cauliflower or broccoli, cooked corn kernels or cabbage. to make this veg raita, I have used carrots, any colored bell pepper (capsicum), cucumber, onions and tomatoes.
- If using carrots, then do make sure they are juicy, crisp and tender and not tough or fibrous. Also its better to chop the carrots finely.
- Onions can be skipped if you are allergic to them or are making this raita for fasting or vrat.
This a healthy way to include veggies in your diet or to use leftover veggies in a healthier way.
Raita are always a good accompaniment for pulao, biryani or most rice dishes. They will also go well with dal rice or roti sabzi combination. They can even be had as starters before the main course. This raita also goes very well with jeera rice.
If you are looking for more Raita recipes then do check:
How to make veg raita
1. Chop all the veggies and keep aside.
2. Whisk a cup of yogurt (curd or dahi) till smooth.
3. Add ¼ teaspoon of black pepper powder (kali mirch powder).
4. Also add ½ teaspoon of roasted cumin powder (bhuna jeera powder).
5. Mix well.
6. Add black salt or rock salt as required and mix well. The color of salt is not so visible but you can still see the salt.
7. Add 1 carrot (peeled and chopped finely) and 1 cucumber (peeled and chopped finely) to the beaten yogurt.
8. Also add 1 medium sized finely chopped tomato and 1 small to medium sized finely chopped capsicum (bell pepper).
You can use any color capsicum – green, yellow or red.
9. Mix well.
10. Add 1 chopped onion, if using.
11. Stir and mix well.
12. Check the taste and add more of the spice powders or salt if required.
Serve the vegetable raita immediately with any Indian meal.
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- 1 cup yogurt (curd or dahi) – dairy or vegan yogurt
- 1 small to medium carrot, peeled and chopped finely
- 1 small to medium bell pepper (capsicum or shimla mirch – red, orange, yellow or green) – chopped finely
- 1 medium cucumber – peeled and chopped finely
- 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
- 1 small to medium onion, finely chopped (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder (kali mirch powder)
- ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder (bhuna jeera powder)
- black salt or rock salt as required
- Whisk the yogurt (curd or dahi) till smooth.
- Add the spices and salt. Mix well.
- Add the chopped veggies and stir them into the yogurt.
- Check the taste and add more of the spice powders or salt if required.
- Serve the vegetable raita immediately.