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Pumpkin Raita

Pumpkin Raita/ Kaddu Raita recipe

A fresh and creamy blend of sweet and sour -pumpkin and curd with a nice mix of spices
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian, north indian, punjabi
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups Homemade curd/ Organic greek yoghurt/ all set yoghurt whisked
  • 1 .5 cups pumpkin sliced
  • 1 cup water to boil the pumpkin slices
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1-2 green chillies finely chopped
  • few sprigs coriander leaves chopped
  • few sprigs mint leaves chopped (optional)
  • 1 tsp Coriander cumin powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds whole
  • salt as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp Black salt powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder

Instructions
 

  • Boil the sliced pumpkin for 5-7 minutes, till it becomes tender. You can even steam it instead of boiling, for 10 minutes.
  • Now strain the pumpkin slices, strain any excess water and roughly mash it.
    pumpkin raita
  • Add all the ingredients to the whisked curd/ yoghurt- mashed pumpkin, chopped onions, chopped green chillies, chopped coriander and mint leaves, coriander cumin powder, whole cumin seeds, salt, black salt,red chilli powder.
  • And garnish it with chilli powder and coriander cumin powder.Chill it in the fridge for some time, and serve the chilled raita with lunch or dinner, or just have it as a healthy snack/ salad option.

Notes

  • Instead of slicing the pumpkin, you can grate the pumpkin and the boil it. But in that case just squeeze the water nicely before using it for the raita.
  • Just incase you do not have fresh mint leaves, you can even use dried mint leaves, which are easily available in the asian stores.Mint really adds a very fresh flavour to any raita.
  • If you feel the consistency of the curd is too thick, you can add a little cold milk to adjust that.
  • If you are making this for the kids, you can make a smooth paste/puree of the boiled pumpkin instead of roughly mashing it , then mix it in the curd, and leave out the onion altogether.