Sunday, September 30, 2012

Beetroot raitha/ Salad baskets

  Raitha is a yogurt/ curd based indian salad, it may have fruits or vegetables in it. This is a popular side dish  in the spicy Indian cuisine. This recipe has spicy beetroot stuffed inside a cucumber cup, on a yogurt bed. Beetroot can be substituted with carrots/ red onions or any fruits.
beetroot salad
Salad Basket!
1           big cucumber
1 cup     shredded beetroot 
1 cup     yogurt / greek yogurt
1 small  green chilli (chopped)
2 tsp      oil 
1/2 tsp   mustard seed     
 few       cilantro strands 
1/8 tsp   powdered cumin 
salt to taste
beet root cucumber raitha
easy to eat...
1. Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard seed. when it splutters add the green chilli, beetroot and cumin powder.
2. Add 1 tbs of water and salt to the beetroot mixture, cover the pan and cook till the beetroot becomes tender. Add the chopped cilantro leaves and switch off the heat.
How to arrange:
1. Score lines on the cucumber peel with a peeler or lemon zester.
cucumber baskets
2. Cut the cucumbers into 1" rounds, with a spoon remove the middle part of the cucumber.
 3. Cut the cucumber cup across into small pieces. 
4. Arrange it back (firmly) to it's original shape.
5. In a serving plate, spoon 2 tbs of yogurt, arrange the cucumber cup in the middle, spoon 1tsp of beetroot into the cucumber cup.  
6. Pour a tsp of yogurt over the beetroot, top it off with your favourite nuts.
                                   ENJOY :)

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