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Uses for extra raita?

Bada Bing Jul 25, 2013 03:19 AM

Have a cup or so (homemade) left over from last Indian dinner. Any ideas about repurposing it? It's a mild one made from medium-fat plain yogurt and shredded cucumber with a bit of cumin and mint.

  1. Bada Bing Jul 26, 2013 05:19 AM

    Thanks for all these great ideas. I may just have to go make more raita for the sake of the extra. (I already do that with rice, because day-old is so good for fried rice....)

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      Kalivs Jul 25, 2013 09:14 PM

      Add a few more spices & use it as a marinade

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        Tara57 Jul 25, 2013 10:28 AM

        Spread some on a sandwich.

        Make a salad -- add more cucumber, some tomato, maybe bell pepper, maybe apples

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        1. re: Tara57
          pine time Jul 25, 2013 03:30 PM

          Sandwich is a great idea, but put something between the raita and the bread to prevent sogginess--a leaf of lettuce works great.

          Like the salad idea--that's creative!

          1. re: Tara57
            JungMann Jul 25, 2013 09:04 PM

            I never thought of making it into a sandwich. Coming from the Midwest I love sandwich spread and with a bit of Sriracha, pickle and strained yogurt, raita could make a fine South Asian interpretation!

            I do also use raita to make a dressed kachumbar, you'll sometimes see something similar at kabab houses in the West, but it's more of a bachelor meal for me. I use beaten yogurt at home for raita, but if I use thick, left over raita makes a fine Persian salad with a bit of rose petal or rose water.

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            sparky403 Jul 25, 2013 08:39 AM

            Extra and Raita is an oxymoron for me - grab a spoon or invite me over:-)

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            1. re: sparky403
              shoo bee doo Jul 25, 2013 04:31 PM

              I just eat it straight as a savory yogurt.

            2. alkapal Jul 25, 2013 08:12 AM

              add mango and blenderize it -- mango lassi! YUM!

              the persians also have doogh -- an herbal (mint) yogurt drink. http://mypersiankitchen.com/doogh/ it is delicious and so refreshing. i like it with seltzer water, instead of flat.

              another, using pennyroyal (which i've never seen).: http://www.persiancity.com/recipes/recipe.asp?ID=47

              this lady adds cumin and honey. http://www.phamfatale.com/id_2564/tit...

              personally, i'd go with the doogh today!

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              1. re: alkapal
                melpy Jul 25, 2013 03:56 PM

                I love doogh!

              2. JungMann Jul 25, 2013 07:47 AM

                Uses other than eating it as a side salad? Personally I like to mix a bunch of raita in rice and eat it almost like a North Indian version of curd rice. I usually do this with biryani, but you can do it with any seasoned basmati.

                If it's thin, add a bit of sour cream or strained yogurt and use this as a dip for chips or meat pierogis. Raita could also be a nice topping for seared salmon or other fish with herbs. Puree it and you have a dressing for salad. Add lemon juice, sour cream, pepper oregano and/or dill and you have an approximation to tzatziki.

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                1. re: JungMann
                  pine time Jul 25, 2013 03:29 PM

                  Our South Indian friends always pour buttermilk over rice (from Kerala). We use leftover raita on rice all the time

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                  DeppityDawg Jul 25, 2013 06:37 AM

                  Thin it out with some cold water and eat it as a chilled soup. Sounds like you have enough for maybe two small servings?

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                    4Snisl Jul 25, 2013 06:37 AM

                    Make chicken or egg salad with it.

                    1. melpy Jul 25, 2013 04:36 AM

                      We have a cucumber dip that we eat with ruffles potato chips, you could use raita as a dip.

                      Topping for lamb burgers

                      Dipping sauce for pita or veggies.

                      Add more seasoning and use as a salad dressing

                      Sauce for grilled chicken, fish or even for a chicken or fish taco.

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