A Beginners Guide to Making Mango Raita

Mango raita or aam ka raita, a tasty Indian relish or salad made with ripe mango, fresh yogurt or dahi and tempered with Indian spices

Mango raita or aam ka raita is a classic Indian yogurt-based relish, salad or condiment that is refreshing, filling and delicious. Mangoes are abundant from April to June, which are the hottest days in India. Most households prepare yogurt-based dishes that cool down and offer a respite from the sweltering weather. We have many varieties of raita prepared with vegetables such as cucumber, onion, tomato, carrot, beetroot, spinach and fruits such as pineapple, mango and salted boondi. Raita is very popular in Indian households because of the probiotic benefits of yogurt, its flavor and its ease of cooking. In fact, there is no cooking involved in the majority of raitas.

Sweet mango raita is a gem among fruit-based raita recipes. There are two to three variations of the ripe mango raita recipe and I am publishing a version that is popular at home. I prepare it often because it involves less time in the kitchen and allows me to have a meal on my own. In less than 5 minutes, you have a delicious fruity goodness in a bowl.

The preparation of mango raita in North Indian style is simple, super fast with a minimum of ingredients. The spices used to flavor raita include red pepper or cayenne powder, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala and black salt. Fresh mint or fresh coriander add a fragrant and colorful touch to the raita. I love the thick texture of mangoes that blends with the velvety and smooth texture of overcome yogurt or curd. There is no quenching involved here like the South Indian mamidipandu perugu pachadi recipe (sweet mango yogurt chutney) that I posted yesterday. You can add a few pomegranate seeds for that touch of color and crunch. But this is purely optional.

Chilled mango raita is light on the stomach, refreshing, moisturizing, healthy and nutritious and is a perfect accompaniment to your thali or daily meal. You can serve it as a refreshing side dish with any flavored rice or biryani. On a hot day, ripe mango dishes like aam ka raita, mango phirni and aam ki lassi are like manna from heaven. Try this precious culinary gem this summer

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