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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

COOL CUCUMBER & SWEET PINEAPPLE RAITA (YOGURT)

COOL CUCUMBER & SWEET PINEAPPLE RAITA (YOGURT)
I am not a raita fan but Yo (my husband) likes raita. One such day when I was cooking up a storm for him, I decided to make a special raita for him. Everybody makes a cucumber raita or a pineapple raita. I thought why not combine the two. And lo and behold we had such a refreshing new dish to savor.
Cucumber is very cooling for the system and is good for our skin and eyes.
Pineapple is one of the most popular tropical fruit. Pineapple is rich in vitamin C, it also has fibers, and enzymes that are good for the digestive system and helps in maintaining ideal weight and balanced nutrition.
You can use either fresh or canned pineapples for this dish. But I decided to use the canned ones as they are softer and sweeter (as they are stored in a sugar syrup). If you are using canned pineapples, kindly rinse them under running water once you remove them from the syrup. We don’t want the sugar syrup in our raita.
A CLOSE-UP COOL CUCUMBER & PINEAPPLE RAITA 
Ingredients
Yogurt – 2 cups
Cucumber – 1 big one
Pineapple – 1 cup diced , save some for garnish.
Cumin powder – 1 tsp (freshly roasted and powdered is best)
Salt as per taste
Sugar – ½ tsp
Red chili powder – 1-2tsps
Chaat Masala – 1-2tsps
An Aerial view of the cool cucumber and pineapple raita
Method
Peel and dice the cucumbers into small pieces in a vessel. Drain the water that seeps out of the chopped cucumber, we don’t want our raita to be very watery.
Use thick chilled yogurt, ensure that there is no whey else the raita will be watery.
If the yogurt is not thick, hang it in a cloth, so you can get the thick yogurt.
In a bowl add the yogurt, salt, sugar, cumin powder, 1tsp of red chilly powder and 1 tsp of chaat masala and stir well till the mixture becomes smooth and fluffy. Add in the diced cucumbers and pineapple chunks. After you prepare this keep it refrigerated.
Garnish with some red chilly powder and chaat masala powder before serving.
Serve the cool cucumber and sweet pineapple raita chilled, topped with a few chunks of pineapple. Enjoy this cool delight with your lunch/dinner.
A bowl of the cool cucumber and pineapple raita

9 comments:

Anu said...

Love those combination's. Looks colorful and yum

divya said...

looks fabulous!!yum yum!!!

srikars kitchen said...

Looks yummy & awesome..

Jayasri Ravi said...

first time in your blog, u have lovely space, that's a fantastic cooling one.., looks so delicious..

saffronstreaks said...

oh..pineapple makes the simple raita so delicious, loved it

Vanamala Hebbar said...

sounds nice..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

SOunds very nice, never tasted this way, should try out sometime!

Travel Touch said...

Excellent ,the blog is interesting-Mahesh Balakrishnan

Travel Touch said...

Excellent ,the blog is interesting-Mahesh Balakrishnan

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