Pomegranate Raita or Anardana raita is a fruit raita, Those who likes the raita to wards the sweeter side, this is a better option. This is an easy to prepare raita with no fire required. You can serve the raita along with biryanis and pulavs. Other options are cucumber raita and boondi raita.
A nutritious and tasty fruit raita using Pomegranate
250 ml - 300 ml of Hung Dahi /curd /yogurt ( Approximately 1 ½ Cups)
One pomegranate which is Big to medium sized
Half teaspoon of Buna jeera powder ( Roasted Jeera powder )
Half teaspoon of pepper powder ( Kali mirch )
¼ teaspoon of red chili powder ( Lal mirch)
¼ teaspoon of chaat masala
Few mint and coriander leaves to garnish
Salt as per requiremet.
1 pinch of black salt or rock salt
Cut the pomegranate in to two halves.
Deseed the two halves of pomegranate and keep separately.
Using the blender to extract juice from the one half of the pomegranate.
Keep the seeds of the other half for later use in the recipe.
Get the curd in a bowl. The curd should be devoid of any water
You can use a muslin cloth to separate water from curd.
Whisk the curd properly till it is consistent.
Add the pomegranate juice in the whisked curd and mix properly till the curd in light pink color.
Hung curd is important as addition of juice may dilute the raita.
Keep aside few pomegranate arils and mix the remaining in the curd.
Now add roasted Jeera powder, pepper powder, salt and chaat masala in the curd and mix properly
Transfer the curd in a serving bowl
Garnish it with pomegranate arils. Now use a dash of chili powder as well as coriander / mint leaves to garnish before serving.
You can use a pinch of black salt or rock salt if you like the taste of it
You can avoid pepper powder and chili powder if serving for children or if you want it sweet.
If you want it a bit sweet, add a bit of sugar and mix properly as per your requirement.
If you like the raita salty do not add sugar but add sat as per you requirement.
You can add small lumps of boiled potatoes, diced onions or sliced cucumber
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