I sincerely appreciate the generous willingness of my interviewees to share recipes! Sometimes, it is a difficult thing to do…not because people aren’t willing to let go of a “secret recipe” but many know that they have access to certain ingredients or appliances, that most home-cooks, do not! For instance, with Amrikko’s it would have been fabulous to get their delectable naan bread recipe. However, the last time I looked I didn’t have a huge clay tandoor oven at home! This enticing raita recipe, is much more layered in flavour than the one I posted in the past. This is a condiment to cool the palate, a lovely complement to spicier Indian foods. Always a favourite with my kids, they gave twelve thumbs up to this one! With my limited cooking experience, I admit I experienced a special thrill from heating up those aromatic little cumin seeds, felt like a real foodie ;). Besides, I am always looking for an excuse to use my mortar and pestle. If you don’t have one…it is time, my friends, it is time.
This yields over 5 cups, which is a lot for a family dinner, it can be reduced, but if you like it…it keeps well in the fridge for at least a week.
- ¾ cup English cucumber
- ¼ cup carrot
- 4 cups plain yogurt
- ½ cup Buttermilk
- 1 ½ tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp garam masala
- cilantro, green onions, red onions or mint for garnish
- In a dry frying pan toss cumin seeds over a med heat until they change colour. 5-10 minutes. Let cool
- When cool crush with a pestle and mortar or rolling pin.
- Coarsely grate cucumber, skin on. Rinse in water, drain and squeeze out any excess water.
- Peel then shred carrot. Rinse in water, drain and squeeze out any excess water.
- In a mixing bowl whisk together yogurt & buttermilk. Stir in Garam masala, crushed cumin seeds.
- Fold in cucumber and carrot, then salt and pepper to taste.
- Cover and chill for at least an hour and serve with naan.
Notes from Mulu & Yaspal : This is a recipe you can play with. Garnish with cilantro, green onions, red onions or mint. Make it thicker or thinner the way you like it.
“In my travels, I also noticed that kids in Thailand like spicy food and kids in India liked curry.
I’m hoping to introduce my son to lots of veggies and spices when he’s young!”