Foodie Vocab #6: Raita

Every Friday at Chew on That, we test your foodie vocabulary by quizzing you on a new foodie word and supply delicious recipes to match!

This week’s word is: raita (noun). Please choose the most appropriate definition for a raita. (No cheating!)

a.) A Greek sauce or condiment often made with cucumber, yogurt and dill.
b.) An Indian condiment made with yogurt that is often served with spicy dishes to help cool down the palate.
c.) A mayonnaise based French condiment often flavored with curry and chopped pickles.
d.) A Mediterranean  spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.

Really, I said no cheating!

If you chose b.) An Indian condiment made with yogurt that is often served with spicy dishes to help cool down the palate. then you are correct!

We’ve focused a lot on European words so far that I decided to give the Asian continent some time in the foodie vocab spotlight :)

A raita can be made in a sweet or savory preparation. It is often chilled so that it becomes a refreshing condiment against the heavy spices of many Indian dishes.

Pictured above are three different raitas from a food blog called Simply Spicy. The most popular type of raita is called boondi raita (pictured on the left) which is made with balls of gram flour (boondi). Strawberry raita (pictured right) is a sweet preparation and mixed raita (pictured centeR) has all sorts of ingredients like potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers and tons of Indian spices.

Here are some raita recipes to serve with spicy foods:
Raita
Cucumber Raita
Raita

For ideas on Indian dishes to serve with your raita, click here.

Previous Food Vocab Lessons:
Granita
Remoulade
Panzanella
Verrine

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