Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Radish and Mint Raita

I really want to branch out and try some new Indian recipes. Not only some main dishes, but I have also come across some great new flatbread recipes as well. The problem is that I have my recipes for Chicken (or tofu) Tikka Masala and Naan down to a science. I can seriously make these as a weeknight meal, which translates to under one hour prep and cooking time. I have been experimenting with a few paneer recipes, but nothing thrilling enough to share. The one place I still branch out is Raita. The great thing about Raita is that you can pretty much add whatever you have to yogurt and call it Raita. I recently picked up some of those beautiful early season spring radishes at the Farmer’s Market and my mint that I planted for mojitos is out of control. The result was a perfect raita combination. I liked the little radish kick without adding any additional heat to the dish.

Radish and Mint Raita

1 cup plain yogurt (greek yogurt makes it nice and thick)
6 small radishes, quartered
½ english cucumber, seeded and diced
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, stems removed
¼ teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin for sprinkling (optional)

In the bowl of a food processor add all ingredients except cumin and pulse for 10-15 seconds. Transfer to storage or serving bowl and store in refrigerator until ready to serve. You may choose to sprinkle cumin on top when serving.

3 comments:

  1. I recommend Curried Favors http://www.amazon.com/Curried-Favors-Family-Recipes-South/dp/0789206285/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279667645&sr=1-1-spell
    as an excellent Indian Food cookbook. My aunt-in-law sent it to me six years ago and I have used it as my go-to-never-fail Indian cookbook ever since.

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  2. I'm bookmarking this one. I can never seem to find anything decent to do with my radishes beyond a salad, and we've always got homemade yogurt.

    Do let us know which of your new flatbread finds is tops. I've got a go-to recipe and i'd like to compare ;)

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  3. Rebecca- I'll have to check that one out. I really love Vij's, Ajanta, and 660 Curries, and of course any madhur jaffrey books. There are just too many to decide which is probably why I keep going back to the same recipe over and over!

    Beau-I have been seeing a lot of recipes lately for roasted radishes which I really want to try. I purchased Warm Bread and Honey Cake a while back. I was thrilled to find all the flat bread recipes in that cookbook, I really need to start trying some of them. I'll let you know how it goes.

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