All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2012
Ok – I finally did it! I made a raita that I actually like and it was EASY. Again – a food processor makes this a supremely easy thing to make. Raitas are condiments used as a sauce, a dip or something to cool one’s palette during a spicy meal. They vary from firm to watery in texture. I find I prefer the watery ones. This one is right in the middle.
Tomato, Jalapeno & Cucumber Yogurt Raita
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 small onion
1 tomato – quartered
2 Jalapenos – seeded
1 tsp (or more – to taste) ground cumin
Salt & pepper to taste (go LIGHT with the salt as it overpowers this dish quickly)
Cilantro – for garnish
Extra diced tomato or Jalapeno makes nice garnish, too.
Put the yogurt in the food processor & whip it smooth. Add the cumin & pulse until it is blended. Drop the onion in & pulse til it is chopped finely. Add the cucumber & jalapenos and pulse until they are chopped but not as fine as the onion. Add the tomato & pulse a few times so that it appears diced – but bits are still clearly identifiable as tomato.
Put it in a bowl & garnish with cracked pepper, cilantro & tomato & jalapeno – if you are using them.