Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Apple Raita (Apple in yogurt salad) and a DIY Sunburst Mirror

One of my favorite options for quick weeknight dinners is some form of mixed vegetable rice and a good raita. At least once a week I end up making some kind of mixed rice and raita. If you are unfamiliar with Indian cuisine, Raita is a form of salad made with a variety of vegetables or fruits mixed with yogurt. It is the north Indian cousin to the south Indian pachadi, which is somewhat similar but has different seasoning and a subtly different flavor.  It tastes yum when paired with mixed vegetable rice, especially the spicy variety. Check this link for some of the other raitas that I have posted in this space.

Apple Raita-Apple in yogurt salad

This apple raita is one of my favorite fruit based raitas. It's slightly sweet spicy taste is so yum that I could easily have a full bowl of this raita just on it's own, no need for rice or parathas :) That said,  this time I made it to go with this spinach and black bean rice  and I loved the combination, it just worked so well together. If you like apples, this raita might be something that you will enjoy too, so go ahead and give it  a try :)

 Apple Raita

Before I go,  here is the picture of yet another sunburst mirror that I made recently. After each project I tell myself I am done, and am not going to be making any more mirrors, but I just love sunburst mirrors so much that I get tempted to make just one more from time to time:) This one was so quick and easy to make, once I got all the stuff I needed for it, it just took a few hours to make. If you would like to check out more detail on how I made this mirror, check out this post on bead creationz.

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Ingredients and Method to make Apple Raita
1 large apple cut into small pieces (yielded approx 1 1/2 cups of cut pieces)
1 1/4 cup plain yogurt (curds/dahi/thayir)
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1 tsp fine sugar
1/2 tsp cumin seeds dry roasted and powdered
1/2 tsp red chili powder (or to taste) (can be substituted with cayenne powder)

In a small pan, dry roast cumin seeds on low to medium low heat until it emits an aroma. Remove and powder using a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle until fine or slightly coarse.

Whisk plain yogurt until smooth. Add all the spices and sugar to it and mix well.
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Add apple pieces to it, chill and serve with some pulao or mixed vegetable rice.

This time I served it with this spinach with black bean rice and the combination tasted fantastic. The slightly sweet- spicy taste of this raita complemented the flavors of the rice well :)

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