Yogurty Yums – Urad Raita

Continuing with our Yogurty Yums offerings, we’re moving from the mountains of Himachal to the plains of Karnataka. Next up is a simple raita made with a creamy urad dal-coconut base, and used, more often than not, as an accompaniment to any varieties of rice dishes – with a spiced up vangibhath on the side or at the end of a meal comprising the standard sambhar or the everyday rasam, all mixed and relished with plain white rice. While the vegetable-peppered raita varieties typically go with the likes of pulaos and biryanis, this simple and smooth raita is easy to put together and is open to being spiffed up a little, if you’re in the mood. A sprinkling of grated carrots or mooli (radish) would add a pop of color and flavor to the flossy depths of this comforting raita.

Urad Raita
(Serves 2)

1 1/2 Cups of plain yogurt stirred until creamy
Salt to taste

For the coconut base –
A drop of oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons urad dal (black gram)
1 Green chilli
About half a sprig of curry leaves
2-3 Tablespoons grated fresh coconut (if using frozen, thaw for 15-20 minutes before using)
A dash of asafoetida

Fry the above in said order in a kadhai with a drop of oil – the urad and green chilli together until they’re both done and then add the curry leaves, coconut and asafoetida. Cool and grind to a smooth paste, adding a little water and some yogurt if you so please.

Warm the same pan or kadhai again and gently pour in the ground paste, then the creamed yogurt and stir for 4-5 minutes on a low flame. Add salt according to taste, stir in, and turn off the heat. Jazz it up a notch by adding a tempering of mustard and a smidgen of turmeric if you so wish, and a garnish of grated carrots or mooli (radish). Serve warm with rice.

Our Urad Raita is being shared with all the other lovely legume dishes over at –

My Legume Love Affair, started by The Well Seasoned Cook






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8 Responses to Yogurty Yums – Urad Raita

  1. amee4013 says:

    This looks great! I love the flavors here. Yum. 🙂

  2. Spandana says:

    Looks delicious and flavorful!!

  3. aipi says:

    I am a raita fanatic yet never had or heard of urad dal raita, a must try for me 🙂

  4. i havent made urad daal raita before.. should give it a try the next time i made some cashew yogurt.. we r such non yogurt eaters:)

  5. khushi says:

    nice idea….hey why dont you send it to my event:
    Event: Kerala Kitchen

  6. Suma Gandlur says:

    Thanks for sending over such lovely raita.

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