Thursday, June 16, 2011

Minty Cucumber & Carrot Raita - Mint Spiced Yogurt

Know What You Eat: High Blood Pressure? Cucumber Can Help You Cool Down.......Study added foods high in potassium, magnesium and fiber, their blood pressure dropped to healthier levels.The phrase "cool as a cucumber" is not without merit. This vegetable's high water content gives it a very unique moist and cooling taste. An easy way to increase your consumption of both Fiber and Water...
Hey did you know????  Cucumbers are also used topically for various types of skin problems, including swelling under the eyes and sunburn. Two compounds in cucumbers, Vit-C and caffeic acid, prevent water retention, which may explain why cucumbers applied topically are often helpful for swollen eyes, burns and dermatitis. Add them to your menus during the warm summer months, its a natural cooler and whats better than having it with another cooler colon friendly 'yogurt'..Try this minty cucumber carrot raita (spiced yogurt) and just go cool with cucumbers....This goes to ruchikacooks for Clearly Fresh Bags Review and Giveaway. I would definitely want my cucumbers to stay fresh more with these bags...
Minty Cucumber & Carrot Raita,minty cucumber and carrot spiced yogurt
Ingredients:
2 C Cucumbers diced, (without skin if waxed)
1 C Carrots (diced,shred)
2 C Skim Yogurt
1/4 C Water (if needed)
1/4 tsp Roasted Cumin pwd
A pinch of red chilly pwd 

OR
2 Green chillies, chopped
1 pod Garlic, peeled finely chopped
2 sprigs Curry leaves (optional0
1 Tbsp Coriander leaves (chopped)
2 Tbsp Mint leaves (chopped)
Lemon juice & Salt to taste

Directions:
1. Beat yogurt with an eggbeater. Add water only if needed. Keep it aside.
2. Dice cucumber, carrot, and chop coriander, mint, green chillies along with garlic.
3. Add everything in the yogurt along with spices and salt according to your taste. Mix well.
4. Squeeze in lemon juice and garnish it with chopped coriander leaves.
5. Serve it cold, with stuffed paratha or Rice/Quinoa variety of your choice.

23 comments:

Sunanda said...

Raita looks so cool and tempting.. Perfect to go with parathas..
Sunanda's Kitchen

Jay said...

looks so yummy n healthy..:P
Tasty Appetite

Kalyani said...

Very healthy and delicious ...

Priya said...

I can have this raita with anything...delicious and tempting..

Harini said...

Love the raita combo !

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Lovely looking colorful recipe. Excellent preparation.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Santosh Bangar said...

healthy and colorful raita is looking cool

Archana said...

Looks very tasty.Lovely picture!I have never tried garlic in a raita(read dont like it much) my husband will love it.

Thanks for visiting me and your lovely comment.


Archana.
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Vegetarian Zest said...

Hi, Your post seems to be very useful and true. Raita looks delicious and colorful.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

This should be very nice with the flat breads,sounds very nice!

Plateful said...

My mom is a hypertension patient and she usually includes a lot of cucumber in her diet. To me the best way to enjoy cucumber is to make raita -- ah so cool!

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Looks very yummy dear:)

Prathibha said...

simple n yummy raitha...:)

Priti said...

Nice combo ....looks yum

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Thanks Gals, all your valuable comments are appreciated...

@Archana:
As per your question: What is Whole Wheat Pastry Flour?

A type of pastry flour milled from fine-textured soft wheat. It is similar to white pastry flour with some of the bran and wheat germ retained. The resulting flour is more healthful than regular pastry flour but the final product will not be as light.

Substitute for whole wheat pastry flour:

Per 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour substitute 1/2 cup cake flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour OR substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour (product will be more dense)

Thanks,
Muskaan

thekitchenaffaire said...

Best for this hot summer day :D Yumm :D

Hari Chandana said...

Very interesting combination.. looks awesome :)
Indian Cuisine

divya said...

looks tempting and healthy ritha...

Archana said...

Thanks Muskaan for the reply. Will try the 1/2 & 1/2 suggestion.

Alisa said...

Delicious recipe.My father loves to eat cucumbers and it does help keep his sugar and blood pressure levels down.

Spoon and Chopsticks said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. You have a great blog. I have followed you and will be back for vegetarian food ideas.

http://spoon-and-chopsticks.blogspot.com/

Purabi Naha said...

I liked all your recipes, particularly this one. The presentation is very nice. You have a lovely blog, dear.

Jeanette said...

I love raita - so cooling and refreshing, and a healthy addition to a meal.

 
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