Several years back I enjoyed a wonderful Indian meal on my birthday. Everyone ordered a portion and we passed all of our food around the table, family style. The flavors were extraordinary and the night was memorable. But I have never quite been able to recreate some of the Indian dishes that I love, except raita.
Raita, is a yogurt style dip combined with radishes, cucumber, and mint. Served alongside some toasted naan and it is a wonderful meal. This recipe is just a foundation for raita, there are many varieties, combining cumin, cilantro, and red pepper flakes. The only ingredient that is necessary for raita is a quality greek yogurt.
I was lucky enough to receive Straus Family Creamery new Organic Plain Greek Yogurt. Their yogurt is flavorful while maintaining the great creamy thick texture. It was the perfect yogurt to use for this dip.
1 cup of Straus Plain Greek Yogurt (or one that is similar, being thick and creamy)
1 roma tomato diced
1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1 Serrano chili pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 bunch of French Breakfast radishes, trimmed and finely diced
1/4 cup roughly chopped mint
1 bunch of green onion, trimmed and thinly sliced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings, possibly adding additional Serrano chili pepper, lemon juice, vinegar or salt and pepper. Chill until ready to serve.
1 package of fresh naan
1 tablespoon olive oil
large pinch of flaky sea salt
Preheat oven to broiler setting. Cut naan into serving size pieces. Brush olive oil on and place right onto the oven racks. Bake only for 1-2 minutes. Promptly remove and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
Strauss Family Creamery provided me with the Organic Plain Greek Yogurt. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Also, I highly recommend you check out their European Style Butter, it does wonders.