Sunday, October 28, 2012

Chana Raita

Raita (रायता), is a popular Indian condiment, made with yogurt, and seasoned with fresh herbs and cumin and/or cayenne pepper. Used as a sauce or dip to compliment as especially spicy meal, raita can also be combined with vegetables and eaten as a side dish or as a meal on its own. 

This version adds chana (chickpeas) for added flavor, texture, and protein as well. It's a great way to use up herbs or veggies, and enjoy a healthy dish as well! 

Chana Raita
loosely adapted from Aromatic Cooking

1 cup cooked chickpeas (from canned or dried)
1/2 cup chopped peeled cucumber
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped seeded tomato
2 Tbsp minced fresh mint
2 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro
1 cup plain yogurt
Salt to taste
Cumin to taste

Combine the chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper and tomato. Add the mint and cilantro. If using canned chickpeas, all you need to do is drain and rinse them.

Add the yogurt and toss to combine with the vegetables. Season to taste with salt & cumin, then chill for 1 hour to let the flavors combine. 

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