Thursday, 29 August 2019

Achari Aloo Raita with Tempering | Pickle flavored Potatoes in curd

Raita is made with yogurt which is often known as dahi / curd. This is a very classic and traditional Indian, Pakistani and even Bangladeshi accompaniment. The main ingredient in the raita is Curd, then any raw / cooked vegetables and even fruits with some seasoning is added to the curd. The name of the raita totally depends upon the additional ingredients used to make the raita except curd. Some raita recipes from this blog are : 

Well, the Healthy Wellthy Cuisines group this time has come up with the 73rd theme as "Raita Time at HW" which is suggested by Vanitha di. She is such a kind-hearted lady and I just love her baked recipes which most time follows a healthy note. As she suggested to make variety of raitas by us, so here I have come up with Achari Aloo Raita with tempering.

I love my achari masala / pickle powder in most dishes. Simply just adding this masala in any dish, there is a distinct flavor as well as taste in the whole dish. I normally prepare this achari masala powder at home, if you want then you can use the ready made ones from the market. Already a rice based dish I have shared few days back using the achari masala as Achari Vegetable Pulao. So coming back to today's recipe, here except the curd the other main ingredient is achari aloo / potato cubes with pickled flavored. This raita is completely gluten free and without onion & garlic.

First the raw potato cubes are mixed with some achari masala, salt and oil. Then those are cooked, here I have microwaved the potato cubes after the mixing. One can prefer the pan frying method or even the air-frying method. The curd is mixed with some chopped coriander leaves, sugar, salt and the cooked potato cubes. Finally a tempering is added to the raita of cumin seed, mustard seed, green chili and curry leaves. I have not used curry leaves in tempering as I was run out of that. But one must add this to enhance the flavor of the raita bit more. This raita goes very well along with any Biryani, Pulao or even Parathas, Poori. This raita is completely a different kind of raita than the regular ones. So do try this pickled flavored cooling accompaniment to these kind of dishes. 

Recipe Card for 'Achari Aloo Raita with Tempering' :

Curd, Raita, Achari masala powder, Accompaniment, Potato, Gluten free, Side dish, No onion & garlic
Raita, Pickling spice blend, Accompaniment, Potato, Gluten free

Achari Aloo Raita with tempering / Pickle flavored Potatoes in curd

a pickled flavored cooling accompaniment using potato
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 25 M


  • Potato (1 inch cubes) 1 cup
  • Curd 1.5 cup
  • Achari masala 2 tsp
  • Cumin seed 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seed 1/4 tsp
  • Green chili 2 no.
  • Oil 1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar 1/2 tsp
  • Salt as needed
  • Coriander leaves (chopped) as needed


How to cook Achari Aloo Raita with tempering / Pickle flavored Potatoes in curd

  1. In a bowl take 1 tbsp oil, salt and achari masala powder.
  2. Mix well and then add the small potato cubes.
  3. Again mix till each cube is coated well.
  4. Take a baking tray and put the coated potato cubes on the tray.
  5. Microwave for 5-6 minutes on high, stirring in between for even cooking from all side.
  6. Transfer to a plate and keep aside.
  7. Next in a mixing bowl take curd, sugar, salt, chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
  8. Now take a tadka pan and heat 1/2 tsp oil in it.
  9. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chopped green chilies and allow to splutter well.
  10. Then add this tempering along with potato cubes to the curd bowl.
  11. Mix well and serve along with any pulao, biryani or even with paratha, poori !


I have not used curry leaves in tempering as I was run out of that. But one must add this to enhance the flavor of the raita bit more.

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  1. Wow! Adding pickled potatoes to a raita sounds brilliant ! Can imagine how flavorful this raita must have tasted. I can straight away dig into this bowl of achari aloo raita.

  2. Very nice idea of adding potatoes seasoned with pickle masala.. looks so inviting.. don't need anything to go with it!!

  3. Love the seasoned potatoes with achari masala. looks so tempting and delicious.