Palak Raita

Palak Raita
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(Cook with Harish)

Palak Raita is a refreshing vitamin, mineral and protein-packed yogurt dip made from fresh spinach and yogurt, tempered with cumin. This is one of my family favourites and we love to serve the Palak Raita, as a salad or along with Parathas or as a side dish along with a main course meal.

Spinach is one the many green leafy vegetables that have been recommended by nutritionist over the years to avoid the risk of developing diabetes.

Cuisine: Indian 
Course: Side Dish 
Diet: Vegetarian


  • 2 cups curd, yogurt
  • 2 cups Spinach Leaves (Palak) , finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera) , roasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar , optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns , coarsely pounded
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Palak Raita Recipe:

  • To begin making the Spinach Raita(Pachadi) heat oil in a pan; add the cumin seeds and allow it to crackle. Add chopped spinach and saute on high heat until tender and most of the water is evaporated.
  • Set aside and allow the spinach to cool completely.
  • Whisk together the yogurt, cumin powder, red chilli powder, black pepper and salt. Fold in the cooled spinach mixture into the whisked yogurt.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
  • The final step is the make the seasoning, you can use either one of the ingredients in the seasonings mentioned.
  • Heat oil in a tadka pan; add the seasoning ingredients and allow it to roast and crackle. Once it roasts and crackles, turn off the heat.
  • Pour the seasoning onto the Palak Raita serve it with Parathas or as a side dish along with your main course meal.

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