Mooli Raita, also known as Radish Yogurt Raita or Mullangi Raita is a yogurt-based crunchy and cooling side dish that goes really well with any Indian Meal. This can be easily made with a few of the basic ingredients available in your kitchen. (Step-by-Step-Recipe)
About Radish Yogurt Raita
Raddish Yogurt Raita, uses grated Raddish as the main ingredient. The reason why I used Raddish in this raita is for the reason that Raddish is normally an integral part of the salads in all of the North Indian belt.
So, it made sense to include it in raita so that it serves both the purpose of a salad and raita. The twist to this story is a fact that I gave it a slight South India touch by adding coconut to it.
And, I should say I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. Pretty much everybody in the family, even the ones who did not like Raddish, loved this raita.
For a North Indian, no dinner is complete without raita.
As a kid, I still remember that the last part of our dinner would usually be curd mixed with rice and sugar. If we did not end it that way, we felt as if our dinner was incomplete. Even today you will find curd being served at the end of any dinner party, mostly at marriage parties in Bihar. We never bothered making raitas. Curd in the raw form was what we preferred.
It was when I moved to Delhi that I got the first taste of raita and I learned that it was a part of the Punjabi culture there.
Just as it was in Bihar, where raw curd and sugar were served at the end of a dinner party, in Delhi it is unlikely that you will not find one or, the other variety of raita in the marriages. And that’s when I started experimenting with different ways of making raita.
This is one raita you should try and believe me, you are gonna absolutely like this. Do tell us your thoughts and comments on this special raita by commenting below.
Why you Should Make this Recipe:
This simple radish raita or mooli raita also has a lot of health benefits. Radishes are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and minerals such as calcium and iron. They’re also high in natural fibers, which help you lose weight.
- Takes only 10 minutes to put together
- A great way to include this winter vegetable in your diet
- Goes well with almost every meal.
- Great side dish
- Helps in reducing the spiciness of meals
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Basic Ingredients used for Mooli Raita Recipe:
Radish/Mooli: As the recipe name suggests, this recipe uses radish, the base of this recipe. Make sure you buy fresh radishes for the best taste.
Tomato: I have also added tomato to this recipe, if you want you can skip it.
Curd: You would need curd to make this recipe, preferably thick curd.
Coconut: I know you must have never heard of raita with coconut. But here, I have used some freshly grated coconut in this recipe to bring a little twist to this recipe.
Mint Leaves: Mint leaves give a refreshing flavor to the recipe so I love adding them.
Coriander Leaves: I love adding greens to my recipe, so I have added some chopped coriander leaves.
Others: Apart from the above-mentioned ingredients, we would be needing, curry leaves, mustard seeds, asafoetida, dried red chili, oil, and salt to taste.
Mooli Raita Recipe
Ingredients for Raita:
- 1 nos Radish grated in large shreds
- 1 nos Tomato chopped
- 3 tbsp Fresh coconut grated
- 1/2 ltr Curd
- Salt to taste
- 2 tbsp Coriander leaves finely chopped
- 1 tsp Oil
- Asafoetida a pinch
- 1/2 tsp Black Mustard Seeds
- 4-5 Curry Leaves few, cut it into half
- 2-3 nos Dried Red Chili broken
- Heat oil in a small pan on a low flame.
- Add mustard seeds and asafoetida and cover.
- When mustard seeds start popping add curry leaves and red chilli.
- Stir and fry for just a few seconds so that the curry leaves gets fried properly.
- Now add radish, tomato, grated coconut, coriander leaves, salt and saute for few minutes.
- Turn off the gas and let the mixture cools down.
- Once the mixture gets cold add this mixture to the yogurt and mix well.
- Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
- Serve along with rice, roti, paratha, puri etc.
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This post was first published in 2015 and has now been updated with the latest.