Cucumber Onion Raita

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I am not a summer person, spring and winters is more me! ๐Ÿ™‚ But then summers bring along some of the most awesome things to savour on, favourite being “Mango”, but for now I am talking of the other favourites. Raitas, salads, panna, mocktails, coolers, cold coffee, lassi etc. to name a few.
The heat is rising up and all we need is something super light and refreshing and what better than cucumber onion raita. So easy peasy to make and gets done in a jiffy. While the vegetable pulav gets cooked, I prepared this. โค Summer meal for the day sorted!
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So here’s my way of making Cucumber Onion raita.

Recipe :
Serves : 4-5

Ingredients :
3 cups fresh yogurt/curd
1 cup finely chopped cucumber
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
2/3 tsp salt (adjust as per taste)
1/4 tsp rock salt
1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder (jeera powder)
handful of coriander and mint leaves (washed and chopped)

Method :
Whisk the curd well and add chopped cucumber and onions.
Add salt, rock salt, roasted cumin powder. Stir well.
Lastly add chopped coriander and mint leaves, they add to the flavour and enhance the freshness.

That’s about it, raita is ready! So what are you going to have it with? For us today was vegetable pulav and maybe tomorrow it’ll be some sort of parantha! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Notes :
Use only fresh curd, not sour. I used fresh home set curd and it be creamy. If there’s too much water in the curd, strain it in a sieve.

Happy Cooking!
Thank you for stopping by.
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Khatta Meetha Karela (Sweet and Tangy Bitter Gourd)

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Like I mentioned in the last blog post, I love anything and everything from the gourd family. So here I am with another though โ€˜not-so-very- liked-by-manyโ€™; โ€œBitter Gourdโ€.
Maybe as a child I wasnโ€™t too fond of it either and didn’t really like eating it. But I remember once during summer vacations, when I must have been 5 or 6 years old, my nani (Maternal Grandma) told me to atleast give it a try. From that day on, I guess this has been on my list of favourite veggies. ๐Ÿ˜€
As the name suggets, it is certainly bitter in taste but then looking at the nutritional benefits of this vegetable, one can totally let go off that! If you are not a keen eater of this one, try out the way i made it and maybe you will start liking it too. ๐Ÿ™‚

A little about the ‘Nutrional Benefits’ of Bitter Gourd
Bitter Gourd is an extremely rich source of Vitamin C which helps in boosting immunity and keeps a check on your regular health. It is essentially a store house of dietary fibre that aid in proper digestion and good bowel movement.
Also it has as less as only 17 calories per 100 gms which makes it a good food to be included in your weight loss diet. And an extremely diabetic friendly vegetable, it is advisable to have a glass of Bitter gourd juice every morning on an empty stomach.
So have I given you enough reasons to incoroporate Karela in your diet.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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While Karela is cooked in a number of ways, here I made a khatta meetha karela, i.e. sweet and tangy and yet not losing on the healt aspects! Check out the recipe and make it soonest.

Recipe for Khatta Meetha Karela
Serves : 4

Ingredients :

250 gms Bitter Gourd/ Karela
4 tbsp oil
2 tsp + 1 &1/4 tsp salt
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
1 tsp red chilli powder
3/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi powder)
2 & 1/2 tsp coriander powder (dhaniya powder)
1 tsp coarsely ground fennel powder (saunf powder)
1 small raw mango, grated
2-3 tbsp grated jaggery (Gur)
Enough water to wash the vegetable

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Preparation :
Firstly wash the karela well in running water so that it is all clean.
Take a bowl, put your vegetable in here and sprinkle 2 tsp salt over it. Cover with a lid and give it a topsy-turvey shake so that salt mixes with all the karelas.
Keep them like this for an hour and a half.
Now wash them again twice and drain all the water.
Salt is completely washed. This method of first putting them in salt is done to remove the bitterness of the vegetable. Now cut them into slices just as given in the second picture above. ๐Ÿ™‚
There is no need to peel it.

Method :
1.Take a wok, heat oil and add hing, jeera and rai and let them crackle.
2.Add sliced karela and stir. Cover with a lid and cook till they are soft for about 8-10 minutes. Give a stir or two in between so that they do not stick to the bottom.
3.Uncover the lid, check that they’re cooked and add all the spices, salt,red chilli powder, dhaniya powder, saunf powder,haldi powder and stir.
4. Add grated raw mango and grated jaggery and stir well again.
5. Cook for another 2 minutes and your khatta meetha style karela is ready to eat.

Best eaten with phulka/roti/chappati or mixed with dal and rice. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Notes :
Bitter gourd uses more oil for cooking lest it’ll be too dry.
If raw mango is not available, you may use 1/2 tsp dry mango powder (amchur) and there won’t be any difference in the taste.
Also sugar can be substituted for jaggery but I personally prefer Jaggery.
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Awaiting your feedback. ๐Ÿ™‚
Thank for stopping by, Happy Cooking. โค