How to make Palak Raita -

A very popular accompaniment – spinach and yogurt make a yummy combination.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Spinach bunches , Yogurt (दही)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Raitas

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Palak Raita

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History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Tangy

Ingredients for Palak Raita Recipe

  • Spinach bunches 2 medium

  • Yogurt 1 1/2 cups

  • Salt to taste

  • Black salt (kala namak) 1/2 teaspoon

  • Green chillies 2

  • Cumin seeds 2 teaspoons

  • Black peppercorns 6-8

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

Method

Step 1

Wash the spinach leaves well. Cut one bunch roughly and put them in a microwave bowl. Add salt and cook in the Microwave oven on HIGH (100%) for one and a half minutes. Or blanch in hot water for the same time.

Step 2

Whisk yogurt and salt together in another bowl. Add black salt and whisk again. Grind the cooked spinach with green chillies in a mixer. Roast cumin seeds and peppercorns in a pan. Cool slightly and pound to a coarse powder. Add ground spinach to the whisked yogurt and mix properly. Keep it in the refrigerator to chill.

Step 3

Shred the remaining spinach leaves. Heat oil in a pan, add the shredded spinach leaves and sauté. Drain and keep aside. Add some of the roasted and pounded cumin seeds and peppercorns to the yogurt mixture and mix. Sprinkle some on top.

Step 4

Garnish with the sautéed spinach and serve.

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