A staunch Indian food lover needs a sweeping spread of an array of dishes. Rice, curry, dry sabzi, and roti are not enough. The already lavish meal has to be accompanied by a variety or side dishes - chutney, achaar, raita etc. Apart from raita, everything else on our plate is full of intense flavours and hot spices. Raita is probably the only thing that brings a refreshing change and neutralises the barrage of spices we take in. Raita is a curd-based condiment, wherein curd is whipped to make it creamy but not too thick, and mixed with raw veggies or sometimes fruits to add in different flavours. Raita with onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, pineapple etc. are a common sight in Indian meals. Here, we attempt to make another variation of raita that is creamier, yummier and healthier!
This raita is made with avocado, a superfood that has slowly made inroads into the world of wellness with its many nutritional qualities. Avocado is essentially a fruit but has a bland nutty and buttery taste. It is mostly eaten raw as a side dish and also mixed in meals like sandwiches and salads. Even though it is high in fat content, it is all healthy monounsaturated fats, which are, in fact, good for health. Due to its high fibre and low-carb characteristic, it is also considered excellent for maintaining a balanced weight. More than everything else, avocados are relished for their gladsome flavour, which can be used to amp up our dishes.
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Avocado is a low-carb, low-cal food
Avocado Raita Recipe
1 cup curd
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
Half teaspoon chaat masala
1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and red chilli powder to taste
Step 1 - Peel the avocados, remove the seeds and mash them.
Step 2 - Pour curd in a bowl, whip it till it turns into a smooth paste but not too thick. If it is too thick you can add some water to bring it down to a more watery consistency. Add mashed avocados to the curd and mix well.
Step 3 - Add onions, tomatoes, cumin powder, chaat masala, lemon juice, salt and chilli powder. Combine well.
Step 4 - Refrigerate the raita and serve cold.
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Raita, with curd as the focal ingredient, has an immense cooling effect, which swabs the hotness of our meals. Avocado raita will turn out to be creamier than all other raitas you have eaten before. This irresistible raita will complement your Indian meals perfectly. Serve it with paratha, roti/rice and curry, biryani, and revel in the extraordinary taste of this side dish.