This delectable Roasted Bell Pepper Raita is sure to add flavour and texture to any menu it can fit into – tangy, crunchy and the smoky flavour of the roasted bell peppers take this raita to another level!
You have to agree with me, raitas are a great addition to any meal. Yoghurt, when combined with vegetables or fruits and flavored with herbs & spices, makes it perfect to be eaten with rotis, paranthas, rice or sometimes even a light meal by itself! This Roasted Bell Pepper Raita Raita is extremely versatile and can be paired with anything that flies your fancy that dayI am always looking at more ideas for Raitas. Over time I have also realised that a lot of vegetables we don’t think of adding in raitas actually work brilliantly in them. Can you imagine having a relishing biryani, a nice kebab or stuffed parathas without it being on the side?
Especially in our Indian cuisine, with its inclination towards spices and chillies, the humble raita comes in as a welcome respite – bringing with it a cooling effect after the heavy masalas. Raitas also help in toning down the intense flavour hits and are a life-saver to those who with a delicate palate.
Raitas are super easy to make too – doesn’t require much effort. Remember when you’re making any raita though, It also depends on the kind of yoghurt you are using to make it – the better the quality of the yoghurt, the better the taste and consistency of your raita!
The best part of making a raita is that you can basically pick any seasonal favorite and use it to make one. If you like some adventure, you can also try mixing three or four ingredients for a mix of textures and flavors. Remember to use ingredients that will pack in some crunch.
Sometime ago, I combined my favorite way of eating bell pepper, roasted on the gas directly (roasting in the oven works as well if you are concerned or want a simpler way) to make this raita that is now such a big hit at home that people coming for lunch or dinner especially call me, asking me to make this one specifically!
I have also become very fond of adding a little tadka to my raitas, such a nice texture and flavour it adds. Almost makes it a complete dish in itself and not just an accompaniment!
And here is the video of how to make this raita.
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Roasted Bell Pepper Raita
- 1 bell pepper Yellow
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 cups curd
- to taste salt
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- 2 chillies Dry red
- 1/2 tsp jeera seeds
- coriander leaves for garnish
- Wash the bell peppers well and grease them with oil a little and roast them directly on the gas flame till they are charred on all sides. Do keep turning often so that they are not completely burned and cooked evenly
- Once down, wash and removed the black charred bits and let it cool. Deseed and chop into small bits.
- In a large bowl, whisk curd well and the chopped bell peppers along with salt.
- In a small pan, heat olive oil. Once hot add the mustard and jeera seeds and saute till they turn brown and start to crackle. Add the dry chillies and sautee for another minute.
- Add to the raita, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with paranthas or pulao
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