A very simple and classic raitha recipe is here for you today. I have posted umpteen pulao & biryani recipes so far and most times paired them with this simple raitha. A raitha is almost like a faithful and non-negotiable sidekick to a biryani. A well-made ‘salan’ (a Hyderabadi style curry made of low spice green chillies cooked in a gravy base of peanuts, spices & cumin) or dry salad (usually onion rings, lime & carrots) or pickle can be close competitors but not as much as this quintessential yogurt based accompaniment. Somehow yogurt raithas are so important to a biryani to me at least. The spice (if any) in the biryani is mellowed down by the yogurt making it suitable even to the most sensitive of palates, especially those of young children. The chopped ingredients in the raitha add to the overall taste of the rice dish. So here’s my go to recipe of all time. I do try a lot of different raithas but never got around to taking pictures. In the months to follow I will do just that. For now, hop over to see this uber simple and easy recipe!
A simple and quick raitha that can accompany any biryani or pulao
- 2 medium sized cucumbers peeled & chopped
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 1-1/4 cups thick set yogurt (curds)
- 1/2 cup approx water
- 1/2 green chilli cut horizontally
Place the chopped cucumbers & onions in a bowl.
Whisk the yogurt well and then add the water a little at a time till you get the desired consistency. Dip the chilli into the mixture and squeeze well, discard the skin. Add salt to taste
Pour the yogurt mixture into the bowl of cucumbers & onions and stir. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve
- If you prefer, you can add the freshly chop onions and add them to the raitha just before you serve. Ideally don't keep the raitha with the onions in them for more than a few hours as the dish will smell strongly of onions. It is better to make a cucumber raitha first and add the onions freshly cut before every meal
- You can add chopped tomatoes (remove the pulp and seeds before chopping)
- Sparkle your raitha by sprinkling it with a little chat masala or roasted cumin powder before serving.