Aloo ka raita is a delicious, vegetarian Indian side dish made with yogurt, potatoes and tempered with a few spices.
Raita is the common name for vegetarian side dishes which are made by adding different vegetables/ fruits/ spices to yogurt. Its generally served with almost every Indian meal and is used to balance the rich flavors of Indian curries or rice dishes like biryani or pulao. Raita is very common and popular in many other countries of the Indian subcontinent too.
There are hundreds of raita recipes but my two personal favorites are pahadi kheere ka raita, which is a specialty of my home state-Uttarakhand and aloo ka raita.
Aloo ka raita is made by adding boiled potato cubes and some spices to yogurt. It is then tempered with some more spices which enhances its flavors even more.
It’s so delicious that I don’t even need anything else to eat with this dish. It’s a great healthy dish to beat the hunger pangs in summers when you don’t feel like eating anything heavy even when you are hungry.
If you are on a weight loss journey then also this healthy recipe is perfect for you.
A few weeks ago during Navratri (a major Hindu festival), I shared some recipes which are eaten during that festival when there are a lot of restrictions on the ingredients which are allowed to be consumed. Aloo ka raita is also one of those dishes which is eaten during Navratri. However, you can enjoy it on any other day of the year too.
If you have missed my other Navratri recipes, you can check them below:
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Aloo ka raita
- 2 small boiled potatoes
- 2 cups thick yogurt
- 1 green chili
- 4-5 curry leaves
- 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon powdered dry mint leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
- 1 whole red chili
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
- 1 teaspoon cooking oil
- 3/4 cup water or as required to get the required consistency
- Salt as per taste
- Boil and peel the potatoes. Chop them to make small cubes. Finely chop the green chilies.
- In a bowl mix yogurt, water, potato cubes, coriander leaves, red chili powder, dry mint powder, cumin powder, salt, and mix.
- Heat oil in a small pan. Break the dry red chili into 3-4 pieces and add to the oil saute for 3-4 seconds and then add in the mustard seeds, curry leaves, and asafoetida. Saute for a few seconds till they become fragrant and pour this mixture over the yogurt mix. It's better to switch off the gas after adding the spices to the oil as they burn very easily.
- Mix well, garnish with chopped coriander leaves, roasted cumin powder, red chili powder and serve as a refreshing side dish with your Indian meal or enjoy it just like that.