Carrot and Coriander Raita
Raita is a condiment from Indian subcontinent which is made by mixing hung curd or beaten curd with raw salad vegetables. Vegetables used in raita varies like cucumber, tomato, carrots, red onion, green chillies or even fruits. Raita is very common side dish in Indian cuisine.
Raita is always a compulsory kind of dish for me. Let it be lunch or dinner, raita makes my meal complete. I do try to make variety raita. I even like coriander raita. If you are feeling very lazy to make anything then just add salt and dry roasted cumin seeds. This plain raita is also perfect. I love to add hing to my raita always for that extra something which enhance the flavour of it without any vegetable or fruits.
Different Types of Raita
Basic vegetable raita has cucumber, onion, tomatoes. Add grated carrots and make carrot raita. Add grated and boiled bottle gourd and make lauki raita. Or add fruits and make sweet fruits raita. If you don’t want any vegetable, then add boondi to make boondi raita.
This is one versatile side dish and It’s one best side dish that always completes our menu. You can add curd to fried brinjals or fried okra and make dahi baingan or dahi bhindi. These are not exactly raita but similar curd based side dish or condiments. Read our curd based recipes here.
Raita vs Tzatziki
In a way raita is similar to Tzatziki of Mediterranean & Middle East but again there is slightly difference with their origin and ingredients. Cucumber is the hero ingredient in Tzatziki along with curd where as in Raita there is variation of vegetables and fruits used. In Tzatziki, dill leaves or Mint leaves are used in herbs where as raita contains cilantro/ coriander in herbs.
This variation is a easy recipe with 4 ingredients only. I have used grated carrots and cilantro leaves in this raita. To make this spicy i have added a pinch of chilli powder. You can replace chilli powder with green chillies as well.
Simple Carrot & Celery Raita/ Savory Curd Dip
- 1/2 medium Onion finely chopped
- 1 Carrot finely grated
- 1 tbsp Coriander leaves finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 pinch Red Chilli Powder
- 250 gms Beaten Curd
- Beat the curd to smooth. Mix all ingredients together and the simple dish is ready to serve.