Sunday, 15 March 2020

Pudina Raita | Mint Yogurt Dip

a perfect accompaniment for spicy foods using fresh mint leaves and curd.  



Mint Leaves aka Pudina Patta :


Mentha or mint aka Pudina is one of the oldest herbs widely used in global cuisines. It grows all-round the year, near moist places and in extreme climatic conditions too. Mint is a fast-growing herb which needs minimal care and can be easily grown in our kitchen garden, My small kitchen garden has this plant all the time. The divine flavor of mint / pudina leaves renders a distinct taste and aroma to the dishes. These leaves can be used fresh or dried in an array of culinary dishes. The leaves render a warm, fresh, aromatic, sweet flavor and deliver a cool aftertaste which is used in making tea, jellies, refreshing drink, syrups, ice creams, toothpastes and lots more. Mint leaves are also valued as a mouth freshener since times immemorial for its amazing healing properties. Menthol, the compound present in mint leaves renders the characteristic aroma and flavors to all mint based products. 
  • It also helps in dental care
  • Promotes respiratory health
  • Improves digestion
  • Combat stress and depression etc.

Have you checked mint based recipes from my blog ? Here are some as 
Minty Mango Iced Tea (Virgin)
Namkin Sattu Sharbat / Sattu ka Ghol / Savory Gram-flour Quencher
Pudina Sabudana Khichdi | Mint Tapioca Pilaf
Mint Rice Flour Chakli
Masala Chaas / Spiced Buttermilk
Virgin Mojito Honito
Piaji / Chana Dal Fritters in Odia style
Mint Hummus (Vegan & Gluten free).   



Raita and mint combination :


Raita is a much needed accompaniment for most Indian Spicy dishes mostly rice based dishes like biryani, pulao etc. Basically this dish gives a soothing balance to our taste palate while having spicy foods. Depending upon the main ingredients used in the raita except curd, the name of the raita varies. 

Do check some more raita recipes from this space : 

Here in this post I am going to share the Pudina Raita / Mint Curd Dip. Here both pudina and dahi give an amazingly refreshing taste in the raita.





Ingredients & procedure to make the Pudina Raita :


From the name itself, the major ingredients are curd and fresh mint leaves. Along with this, some roasted cumin seeds, green chilies, salt are used to make the raita. Some also adds sugar in this raita, I haven't. Instead of roasted whole cumin seeds, some roasted cumin seed powder can be added. Well first the washed and cleaned fresh mint leaves along with roasted cumin seeds, green chilies, salt are blended to a smooth paste. If it becomes difficult to make smooth paste, then a splash of water or 1 tbsp of curd can be added to the blending jar. Then that paste is mixed with the rest curd (whisked curd) and everything is again whisked to get a smooth texture. 


Serving ideas :


This refreshing and cooling dip is a super easy and quick to prepare. One can make in advance and refrigerate in an airtight container. This is popularly served with kebabs, grilled tandoori dishes. Also with masala naan or stuffed paratha it is perfect as a dipping sauce. For spicy rice based dishes like biryani, pulao the mint raita pairs very well. In any party menu this is a most common accompaniment. It is a completely no onion & no garlic raita. So do try !


The event related to this post :







Well for current month the event 'A to Z Recipe Challenge' has come up with the alphabet 'M'. That means, there must be a recipe post having the main ingredient name starting with alphabet M. So I opted M for 'Mint' and have prepared Pudina Raita | Mint Curd Dip.






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Pudina Raita | Mint Yogurt Dip


Pudina Raita | Mint Yogurt Dip
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Prep time: 5 MCook time: Total time: 5 M
a perfect accompaniment of minty flavored yogurt dip.

Ingredients:

  • Yogurt (curd) 1 cup
  • Mint leaf 3/4 cup
  • Green chili 1-2 no.
  • Cumin seed (roasted) 1/2 tsp
  • Salt as needed

Instructions:

How to cook Pudina Raita | Mint Yogurt Dip

  1. Wash and clean all the mint leaves and allow to drain completely.
  2. In a blender jar take all the washed mint leaves along with green chilies, roasted cumin seeds, salt.
  3. Blend to get a smooth paste either by adding a splash of water or not.
  4. In a mixing bowl take yogurt and whisked well first.
  5. Then add this mint paste and whisk everything again till an even texture comes out.
  6. Serve immediately along with biryani / pulao / kebab or store in refrigerator by keeping in an airtight container for later use !

Notes:

Some love to add sugar in this mint raita, I have skipped that addition. Adjust spiciness as desired.
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15 comments:

  1. I love this dip with papads. Itis one of the easiest dips and very flavourful one too. Even the carrot cucumber pieces taste good with this dip.

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  2. I love the beautiful fragrance of mint leaves, and this dip is one of my most favourite things to make with them. This mint-curd dip would go beautifully with kababs, tikkas and tandoori dishes, as well as with rotis and Pulav. Lovely presentation, as always.

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  3. Simple and healthy dip made with less ingredients. I am sure it goes best with parathas.

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  4. Mint dip sounds absolutely delicious. Loved the colour and your click. A perfect accompany with Kabab, stuffed paratha or any snack. I have a bunch of mint leaves in refrigerator. I will try it soon.

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  5. Mint Yogurt dip is what I love with my aloo parathas and also as a dressing for salads. Fresh and healthy, love the fragrance and flavour of mint.

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  6. This chutney or dip is always in my fridge and I can eat it with anything. Isn't it very refreshing?

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  7. So very handy dip with snacks, paranthas and for sandwiches..a must have dip in refrigerator!! Looks so good!!

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  8. Isn't this the best! Goes so well with anything, or even on its own... Yum!

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  9. I love this raita with starters & my all meals. Slurp slurp, my mouth is watering here. How delectable this raita with all refreshing flavours.. Too tempting to the core.

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  10. An absolute must for summers. I make this regularly at home, sometimes add a bit of roasted cumin powder too. Tastes great with all the appetizers and even parathas too.

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  11. This is one of the go to dip or chutney for summers when mint is easily available. Have tried this in sandwich and with paneer starters. Its flavorful and refreshing.

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  12. Love this simple yet delicious yogurt mint sauce. This is one such versatile dip I love to have with starters and snacks especially tandoori starters. Image is absolutely beautiful dear.

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  13. ooo Pudina raitha is that soothing recipe I love with byriyani and baked tandoori potatoes. So glad to se this recipe.

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  14. what a versatile dip - from parathas to bhaijas to french fries, I can imagine dipping this sauce with everything...

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  15. I love the refreshing flavor and aroma of mint in my dips. This one is so perfect for Summers.can pair it with any snack, paratha, kebab,or cheela.

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