Radish Raita


This one is by sis again. I really need to figure out wordpress better!

This is an easy to make summery yogurt based dish, good to beat the heat and keep up with eating different colored vegetables. There is not much use for the round red radish in traditional Indian cooking and this is a good way to use it. Also, the attractive bright red makes it a fun eat for kids!

Ingredients: Serves 2

Red radish ( available in most Grocery stores)- 1 packet

Yogurt

1 teaspoon Fresh ground Pepper/ Herb seasoning powder used for grilling. These are available in most grocery stores and usually contain other spices such as lemon rind, sea salt, dried onion and garlic.

Mustard seeds and Jeera

Curry leaves to garnish

Salt

Wash the radish and shred it into a bowl. Add yogurt and salt. Then add fresh ground pepper/herb seasoning according to your spice level.

Season with mustard seeds and jeera in oil. Garnish with curry leaves.

Serve with rice/roti.

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Bell pepper / capsicum raita


This is one easy peasy recipe! I love to use all the different colored bell peppers. In Indian cooking there is not much scope for using these raw. Cooking them renders the dishes rather sweet so you can’t use them in large quantities. One way of using these is to make a nice, cool and soothing raita. I use bell peppers of all colors, green, red, yellow and orange.

Ingredients

1 of each bell pepper – orange, red, yellow and green.

1 tomato

2 green chillies split length wise

A handful of chopped coriander

2 cups thick yogurt.

Cut the bell peppers into small pieces. If you dont like the raw flavor especially of the green peppers, you can microwave them for a minute or two. Let it cool before mixing all the ingredients. Easy peasy!

Variations : If you want a slightly sweet tone, add pomegranate seeds, candied cherries or green grapes.