Raita (yogurt with spiced oil)

4 Dec

Yogurt makes a wonderful accompaniment to hot spicy dishes. This yogurt side dish is slightly sweet and aromatic with additional flavouring from a topping of Indian spices fried in oil. It only takes a few minutes to make.

Prep 5min Cook 3 mins

  • 450ml plain yogurt (3 pots)
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, ground
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp mustard or vegetable oil
  • 1 -2 dried red chillis
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4-6 dried curry leaves
  • pinch asafoetida
  • pinch turmeric

In a serving dish mix together the yogurt, fennel, salt and sugar. Measure out the cumin seeds, mustard seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida, turmeric and chilli into a small dish and set aside. Heat the oil in a frying pan when it starts to smoke throw in the spices stir once and as soon as the chilli starts to darken pour over the dish of yogurt, stir and serve.

Originally posted Mas du Diable 4/12/2006

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