Raita doesn’t just have to be an accompaniment to Indian food. Try it as a dip for vegetables or use it as a spread on bread. I sometimes use it as a healthier alternative to salad dressing. You can even just eat it by itself!
So, now that we know what Raita basically is – lets move onto the recipe below which is for Roasted Garlic and cucumber Raita. This one is a very unusual form of Raita, since garlic is hardly used in the standard formation. But since I love the taste and aroma of roasted garlic in pretty much every thing I have, I thought about trying this version too. Which, to no surprise turned out to be as awesome as I thought it would be. If you love it that much too, then this recipe of Roasted Eggplant and Garlic soup is for you, do have a look before you leave the page 🙂
Roasting Garlic is a tiny bit of time taking job if you are doing that in oven. I usually plan ahead and roast garlic if I am baking something, to throw in together into the oven. But if I don’t do that, or if you dont have time to do that, it can always be done on a roasting griddle. Or even a grill, I haven’t done that myself but my friend has and she swears by the taste and texture. If you dont have time/wish to do all this, simply fry garlic in some Olive oil and you are sorted.
So anyway- any which way you roast your garlic, this Raita is a superb addition to your BBQ platters. It goes brilliantly with any Satayes, or Grills. To check out some more BBQ ideas, check my posts on Vegetarian Barbeque Ideas, Protein Packed Salad and Virgin Pina Colada.
What you need ?
- 2 cups plain thick Yoghurt – you could use Greek yoghurt
- 1 cup cucumber – grated or chopped small
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Black Salt ( optional )
- 3-4 cloves of Garlic, roasted then minced
- 4-5 sprigs fresh cilantro, chopped
- Red chili powder, for garnish and some hotness ! 🙂
How to make?
- Peel the cucumber, then either grate it or chop into very small pieces whichever way you prefer. You may do half and half of both. Keep aside.
- Roast the garlic then mince it well with a spoon or hands. If you are not using roasted garlic, then simply heat Olive oil in a small pan and fry some minced pieces of garlic for 15-20 seconds and keep aside.
- Combine the yogurt with the spices, garlic and cilantro. Mix well. Stir in the cucumber, mix
- Garnish with a sprinkle of chili powder and/or cilantro.
- Serve immediately with some spicy Rice dish like Pilaf or Biryani or with your curries and Naan. Can be eaten on its own too, if you are that Raita crazy as I am 🙂
Tips and Notes:
- You may also add some chopped pieces of Tomato to this Raita, does taste incredible.
- If you want my recipe of a special Raita spice mix which I use in all of my Raitas, check this recipe of Mint Raita here.
- Make sure that the Yoghurt you use is chilled and you serve it immediately. Do not keep Raita for long after adding all the spices etc. it wont take much time to let it sour
- You may also add some crushed mint leaves for garnishing, specially if using for a Barbecue.
- Ohh ! And you may use some chopped red onion for an extra punch too.