Thursday, April 05, 2007

Rai-ta!



I like 'punny' headlines and give them a fair bit of thought. Though I'd been racking my brains since morning to think up a witty title for this raita, I didn't realise the pun was staring me in the face. For my dish in this post is a mustard raita, and in Hindi and possibly certain other languages, mustard is known as 'rai'.

Well, actually it's a tomato raita but the predominant flavour is that of mustard. The idea struck me when I visited a supermarket that stocked hulled, split mustard and methi, rarities in a South Indian kitchen. The methi met its inevitable fate of infestation and dustbin before I could get myself to explore what to do with it but the mustard lent itself beautifully to this unusual raita.

So without further ado, here's the recipe, it's pretty fluid, experiment with whatever vegetables you want, proportions too. I've tried this with cucumber and grated carrot as well. Be warned, though, that it can be pretty pungent.

2-3 tomatoes, chopped
1-1/2 cups curds/yoghurt
1-2 tsp of split mustard
A pinch of salt
1 or 1/2 of a green chilli, chopped, de-seeded if you like

Beat the curds, season with salt, mustard, add the green chilli and vegetable. Let it rest for a while, chilled if you like. Consume! This tastes great by itself but will probably go well with a mild rice preparation or even a bland variety of bread.

29 comments:

  1. raita looks sooo yummy...thanks for the recipe sra..

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  2. looks delicious!!!!! And perfect cool dish for this humid weather of singapore :)

    The 'pun' was a good one :)

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  3. I thought you are saying "Ta" to Aishwarya Rai!!! ;P

    I love this raita too with Pulavs,Biryanis etc.Thanks.

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  4. ha, ha agian a good title :)
    The raita and the bowl both look pretty

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  5. Hi Maneka, thanks. The pic turned out better than I expected.
    Thanks, Coffee! Hope you cool off soon!
    LOL, Asha! Ta! to films now that she's getting married, you mean? I don't know her plans. :)
    Sandeepa, thank you! I've been wanting to capture the tomato on the dish with a tomato in the dish :)

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  6. Nice presentation! The Raita looks so cool...

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  7. i thought you were going the rai- way with all the marriage season and all of a certain ms. rai.:)) i love your cute little titles and raita looks yum.

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  8. i have split mustard too. this is a very clever use of that ingredient. has sandeepa been brainwashing you? she's brainwashed me already. lol.

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  9. Lera, thanks. I find it quite tasty.
    Reena, thanks. I never even made the connection till Asha mentioned her in her comment.
    Bee, ever since I discovered the taste of Bengali food and crushed mustard, I've been sold on it. This was an even more recent find, haven't tried cooking with it, though. I imagine it would be a handy thing for a salad dressing.

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  10. It look so great Sra. Perfect one for any rice. Viji

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  11. The Raita in a lovely bowl looks delicious. I would like to have raita with any variety rice.

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  12. hey Sra, what is split mustard? I liked the look of the rai-ta:))

    cheers
    sharmi

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  13. Thank you, Viji.
    Thanks Prema, I've been aching to use that bowl in my blog :)
    Sharmi, split mustard is like dal. Like any other lentil/pappu where the skin is blown off and the seed split into two - well, that's how it looks, at least. The mustard taste is direct, you don't have to crush it to get the taste and the smell.

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  14. Raita with rai in it lovely.I like the pungent taste of mustard:)
    I love raitas:)

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  15. i love all kinda raita! your one looks yummy! will try it soon, as i never tried it with tomato .always thought that it will not go well with curd. now looking at yours , making mind to try it.
    thanks for sharing
    -Pooja

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  16. Archana, thank you.
    Pooja, you've never tried tomato raita? Really? Is it a South Indian variety, then? I never thought of that.

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  17. ha ha ha sra...thats a "punny" name indeed:) by the way, is sandeepa living close to u? ;)

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  18. No, I wish she did, I could eat all her delicious food! LOL!

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  19. hey,
    i usually use the split rai in cucumber raita, this new variation with tomato sounds good, will try it.
    And yes, it sure has a pungent kick to it, i guess it is an acquired taste.
    thanks

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  20. He, hee Sups, I know what you mean...up on the tree;-)

    SRA what's up..You seem to be very busy these days

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  21. Richa, thanks. Thanks for stopping by.
    Sandeepa, thanks for asking. Have been busy, demotivated, ill, busy, demotivated, ill ... LOL!

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  22. beautiful presentation!

    paz

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  23. Sra, Shall i bring some rice for this raita. So tempting. Nice photo. Viji

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  24. Paz, thank you.
    Viji, thank you. Do bring something nice.

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  25. Sra, your raita or shall I say rai-ta looks really nice...such a clever name...I'm always at a loss whenever I try to name something...

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  26. Love the use of split mustard in raita :)

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  27. Thanks a lot, Sunita!
    Try it then, Musical! It's got bite!

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  28. I only recently discovered that mustard is a fabulous addition to raita. Must try this tomato raita recipe... it looks yummy!

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  29. Go ahead, Mallika!It is yummy!

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