Bathua Raita | How to make Bathua Raita

Bathua Raita

Bathua Raita | How to make Bathua Raita | North Indian Style

How to make bathua raita

Bathua is a leafy vegetable and generally available abundantly during winter season only. These are commonly known as pigweed, lamb’s quarters, meldem, goosefoot. This is extensively cultivated and consumed in North India. Bathua is used in many dishes like bathua paratha, bathua bhaji, bathua poori, bathua raita, bathua dal, bathua curry etc. All recipes are equally easy to make.

What is raita?

Raita is one of the staple Indian condiment made from curd. We can mix other vegetables or fruits to give it a twist and this adds different flavor to the dish. Salt and other spices are enhance the flavor of curd. Cumin seeds and asafoetida plays major role in these raita.

What are different types of raita we can make?

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.

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.

How to make Bathua Raita?

Let’s coming back to bathua raita, this is my winter special raita. Since bathua is available only during winter season, I try to make this almost daily.

The best thing about making raita is, they are very easy to make and takes less than 5 minutes to make. Follow the steps below to make this raita.

1: So the first thing to do is clean and wash them thoroughly for 3 – 5 times.

2. Boil it for 3 – 4 minutes in a pot or pressure cook for 1 whistle.

3. Remove from hot water and wash it in cold water and squeeze out lightly.

4. Transfer the content to a blending jar. Add 2 cloves of garlic and green chilli (optional)

5. Blend it to puree.

6. Add hung curd or thick curd and whisk for 5 seconds.

7. Bathua Raita is ready

8. Season it with salt, dry roasted cumin seed (crushed roughly). Use black salt

Bathua Raita

Well to make butter milk or chaas, add 1 cup water. Adjust salt and cumin seeds.

Bathua Raita Recipe

Bathua raita is made from bathua leaves (pigweed). The leaves are boiled and mixed with curd and other spices. Blend well and raita is ready in 5 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Leafy Vegetables, Low-carb Recipe, North Indian Food, Raita and chaas
Servings: 4 People

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch Bathua leaves
  • 1 cup Hung Curd/ Thick Curd
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Rock salt
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida (hing)

Instructions

  • Clean and wash leaves thoroughly.
  • Boil them for 3 minutes till they are soft.
  • Strain out with help of a strainer or colander.
  • Transfer to a blender. Add garlic and green chilli.
  • blend to a paste or just use a mortal and pastel and make coarse paste.
  • Add curd and whisk once.
  • Heat a tawa or pan, dry roast cumin seeds, hing, rock salt till cumin seeds are fragrant and crackled.
  • Remove from heat and crush it roughly.
  • Season prepared raita with this coarse crushed cumin seeds powder mix. Mix well. 
  • To make chaas or butter milk add 1 cup water and mix well. Adjust seasoning.

Notes

Add rock salt/ black salt in place of regular salt.
Also using pressure cooker will increase cooking time. Leaves are very soft and can be cooked in open vessel in 3 - 4 minutes.
Wash it with cold water after removing from hot water to stop excess cooking and to retain color.
Adding a pinch of hing always enhances the taste. So u can add to raita. But it's optional. If you don't like you can skip adding hing.

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Super Weight-loss Fig and Banana Smoothie

Super Weight-loss Fig and Banana Smoothie

Super Weight-loss Fig and Banana Smoothie is one of best drink to have during pregnancy and post delivery of baby. This is dedicated to all new mummies (new mothers). All ingredients are safe to take in pregnancy and during breastfeeding. This helps in reducing those extra kilos at the same time.

When you are breastfeeding you should be very careful about your food intake. You can not starve to shed those extra pounds and at the same time you can not just take anything blindly as it will have that direct impact on the newborn who are very sensitive. We should take utmost care of them and so of us aw well.

We all struggle to lose our tummy post delivery. It’s a new life for mothers also. As a new mother we need time and that emotional stability to get used to the circumstances where we will get lesser sleep, lesser time for self. And hence we always tend to ignore our body.

But you know this is the time when we should actually take equal care of our body and soul at large. We need to be happy and then only we can give and spread that happiness to our little angels and rockstars. The environment plays a great role in over all growth of the baby.

While not starving on food we shall focus on nutrient intake. And if you are a breast feeding mother then you are going to transfer the same to the baby. So this smoothie is a rich and high fibrous health drink which not only give you all nutrient and minerals of nuts and fruits also keep you full for a longer.

How to make fig banana breakfast smoothie?

This fig and banana smoothie has banana, fig, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, honey and milk. I prefer skimmed milk or cow milk as it is lighter and will be easily digested by babies. Also if you are vegan then replace this with almond milk and remove honey from your list. You will get natural sweetness of figs and banana. Personally I like this drink without any additional sweetener like sugar or honey. If you are pregnant and to-be-mother, avoid adding sugar much to your food. Don’t add cashew nuts to the drink as it will increase weight.

You want to know benefits of each ingredients separately? Why not. Lets start with benefits part.

Banana- Rich in iron, calcium, potassium, vitamin c. It has some extra calorie which will help in boosting your energy which is much required after delivery of baby. But this will not add in weight gain anyways. 

Almond/ Almond Milk – Best food for a nursing mother as its store house of essential nutrients like Vitamin E, Vit B1, B2, B3 and minerals like calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc. This helps in building immunity of baby. Also helps in our speedy recovery after delivery. This helps in increasing secretion of breast milk in new moms. It improves the quality and quantity of breast milk.

Its rich in protein and fibres and hence helps in effective weight-loss without losing mineral and nutrition.

Caution: Remember to consume this in moderation. Restrict the amount to 4 per day. If new born is allergic to nuts then you might see few skin rashes, diarrhoea, nausea, wheezing etc. In case you notice any allergy in baby because of almonds seek doctor’s advice immediately.

Honey: This is a natural sweetener and helps in weight loss. This is safe and healthy to be consumed while breastfeeding. When combined with milk it helps in better sleep. High level of fructose and glucose helps in boosts stamina and energy. But opt for pasturised honey over raw honey. And take in moderation.

Fig: Beneficial for weightloss and safe for breast feeding mothers.

Walnut: Helps in increasing breast milk and helps in development of brain in baby. Rich in fibers boosts metabolism and helps in loosing weight.

This fig and banana smoothie takes less than 5 minutes and so super easy super delicious and super healthy for anybody.

Recipe Card For Fig Banana Smoothie

Super Weight-loss Fig and Banana Smoothie

Easy Smoothie prepared in less than 5 minutes. Super healthy and promotes good weight loss when taken in moderation.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cold Beverage, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: Super Smoothies
Servings: 2 glasses
Author: daintykitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 banana
  • 1 glass Milk
  • 6 dried fig
  • 4 almonds
  • 2 pistachios for garnishing
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 4 walnuts

Instructions

  • Soak figs, almonds in warm water for 3 hours. Remove skin of almonds.
  • In a blender first grind bananas, figs, almonds for 2 minutes till they are smooth in texture.
  • Add milk and honey and then whisk again till they mix well.
  • Pour in to the glasses. Garnish with chopped pistachios and serve chilled.

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