How to Make Cucumber Onion and Tomato Raita.
Today I am presenting a side dish called Raita. It is Cucumber, Onion and Tomato Raita, an Indian salad with yogurt dressing. Though many varieties of raita we make, todays post is Onion Tomato Cucumber Raita.
It is an easy and quick yogurt based side dish, an accompaniment to spicier dishes and rice dishes like spicy Biriyanies, Pulavs, khichdi and other rice dishes. Biriyanies and raita just go together so well.
This raita is quite simple and quick to make. It is a healthy side dish too. Cucumber is having vitamins like K, B, C and potassium, copper and manganese which can help you to avoid nutrient deficiencies. It helps to reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.
Onions helps to reduce inflammation and it heals infections. It keeps your heart healthy by lowering the productions of bad cholesterol. Tomatoes are well known for its anti-oxidant content. So mixing these three veggies with yogurt makes the dish a wholesome healthy one.
There are many variations and varieties of raitas. Raita is a cool dish which helps you to cool down instantly. You can make cucumber raita, onion raita, tomato raita, carrot raita, boondi raita, pineapple raita etc. You could make a raita with the ingredients you love the most or with the ingredients available in your pantry.
As I said earlier, riatas go well with Biriyanies. I made egg biriyani today and as an accompaniment I made this Onion Tomato Cucumber Raita. If you order any biriyani or pulavs from any Indian restaurant, of course they pack this raita, a perfect match made in heaven!!
Most of us take yogurt / curd on daily basis. As it has the cooling effect to our body, it helps to beat the heat of summer. I make Moru Kachiyathu almost every day to have it with rice. This is a practice I got from my parental home.
When we start to make biriyanies or pulavs, or other one pot meal dishes, we usually make raita too. Onion and tomatoes are the common ingredients for making biriyanies, whatever the kind of biriyani it is.
So, while we start cutting vegetables like onion, tomato, green chilli for making biriyanies, we usually remove a part and keep aside for making riatas. For this recipe, we cut onions, tomatoes and cucumber in to very small pieces. Having biriyanies looks odd without raita, as a side dish.
We usually have biriyanies with side dishes like raita, pappad, boiled eggs and any any pickle, like, Mango Pickle .What you need here is thick plain yogurt and some chopped cucumber, tomatoes and onions. We used coriander leaves and mint leaves as herbs to enhance the taste. This raita also serves as a dip for nachos..
This raita helps as a cooler to balance the hot and spicy taste of Biriyanies. They are healthy and nutritious too. Reji was saying, in Delhi, boondi raitha is very famous. Hmm, he is a Delhite!! I said, I will make it one day if you like it. But usually he enjoys biriyanies with any raita I serve to him
You can store this raita in the refrigerator for couple of days, but not more than that.
If you are looking for some salad recipes, do check, Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad, Macroni and Potato Salad..
Here goes the recipe of Cucumber, Onion and Tomato Raita, the best raita, you’ll ever make..
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: nil
Ingredients for Cucumber Onion Tomato Raita:
Yogurt – 1 ½ cups
Cucumber – 1 small, peeled and grated finely
Tomato – 1 small, chopped finely
Onion – 1 medium, chopped finely
Green Chillies – 2 small, chopped
Coriander Leaves – 2 tbsp.
Mint Leaves – 1 tbsp.
Curry Leaves – few
Ginger – 1 "
Vinegar – 1 ½ tbsp.
Salt – to taste
How to Make Cucumber Raita:
Whisk the yogurt to a nice smooth consistency or until creamy and smooth. Clean, wash and chop green chillies, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, mint and coriander leaves.Chop onion to small pieces and add little vinegar and keep it aside for 15 minutes. Chop green chilli and tomato into small pieces. Grate one cucumber. In a small mixer jar add mint leaves and coriander leaves (one or 2 tbsp. each) and few curry leaves. Add chopped ginger and green chilli. Give it a few pulses.
Take a big bowl which can hold the whole ingredients. Add the ground mixture. Add the vinegar mixed onion. Then add grated cucumber, tomato and salt. Pour in the whisked yogurt. Mix it lightly. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Keep it in the refrigerator. Serve it chilled, as raitas taste best when served chilled.
Now your Cucumber Onion Raita is done. Transfer the raita to a serving bowl and garnish it with mint leaves or coriander leaves. Serve this Cucumber, Onion and Tomato Raita with your favourite Biriyanies,like Chana Dal Dum Biriyani, Chicken Biriyani and Pulav likeVegetable Pulao or any other rice dishes, like Ghee Rice / Ney Choru, Coconut Milk Rice Enjoy..
My Recipe Notes on Cucumber Onion Tomato Raita:
1. Adding little bit of grated carrot gives a good appealing colour to your raita.
2. If you want you can add ¾ tsp. of roasted cumin powder or chat masala to enhance the flavour.
3. Adjust the green chillies as per your tolerance level.
4. If you prefer to add salt just before serving, you can do it, as salt brings out moisture. I don’t mind adding it while mixing everything as Reji is a sauce lover. The more sauce is there in the curries, the more he likes the dish.
5. Make sure the yogurt is thoroughly beaten before mixing with other ingredients.
6. You can refrigerate this raita for a couple of days, but not more than that as we have added raw onion which smells stronger as time passes by.
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Serve this Cucumber Raita with any hot and spicy Biriyani or with a Pulav..
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