Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Radish Yogurt Salad (Serves 4)

Based on the amount of radish we had yesterday (thanks to my innovative grocery buying) I quickly turned it into a yogurt salad (raita in Indian).

Most people must be familiar with white radish. Make sure you buy it fresh and clean. Its very crispy and juicy if picked up fresh.

A Chinese grocery with a lot of footprint is the best place to shop for these to ensure freshness. By the way, radish is very good for the digestive system or so i read somewhere. I eat it cause it tastes great. Here is the recipe.

1 8-10 inch length white radish
1/2 small red onion
1 bunch fresh coriander leaves fine chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups 2% low fat good quality Indian or Greek plain yogurt (Indian: Desi Natural Dahi, and Chobani for Greek)
1 tsp "JalJira" spice powder made by Everest brand

Clean the radish well, and chop of the leaves from the root. You don't have to throw away the leaves, as there is another great recipe for the same. My wife makes that, and I hope to post that one soon enough. Cut the radish and one half of a red onion into small pieces, around 1/8th of an inch or so.

In a bowl, add the radish, onions, yogurt, salt, coriander leaves, and JalJira. Mix them well together, and refrigerate it for 20 minutes or so.

Serve cold along with Chapati/tortilla, as a side dish with a meat or vegetarian dish, or just eat it as is which I do a lot of time.

Health Rating: High

Ingredient Substitute/s: Since this is a yogurt based salad, you really can add all the vegetables that one has in a salad, BUT you have to be careful as they may not jell well enough with the JalJira. Also, yogurt can accommodate a lot of different spices and herbs, and it is always encouraging to play around with spices and see what one likes.

PS: JalJira is a spice mixture that is sold as a digestive aid. Usually its mixed with water and ice as a drink. It is made of salt, cumin, black pepper, mint leaves, dry ginger, chili, black salt, asafoetida, and citric acid (ingredient list right of the box that I bought).