Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Pearls of Pink in Pomegranate Raita

Nigella Lawson did it. And so did Gordon Ramsay. They took the quintessential Indian raita and played with the idea of whipping together plain yogurt and Pomegranate, while keeping the traditional seasonings for this condiment quite in place.

I was at the world’s largest pomegranate display yesterday. Predictably so, I brought home two blood red pomegranates, which other than being high on d├ęcor quotient also have adequate culinary use in my home.

IMG_2642 You usually see boondi or cucumber raita with biryani, but today I decided to go the “British” way- I fell for fusion food. I made Pomegranate Raita.

Ingredients for Pomegranate Raita are:

Half cup pomegranate arils
1 cup plain yogurt
Half tablespoon roasted and crushed cumin and coriander seeds (Bengalis call it bhaja moshla)
1 finely chopped green chili
Handful of finely chopped fresh coriander (leaves and stem)
Pinch of red chili powder
Black salt

In a bowl, beat together with a fork the yogurt, red chili powder and black salt (use plain salt if you don’t have black salt or kala namak). Pour in a serving bowl and chill.

IMG_2662IMG_2667 Just before you are ready to serve, top the yogurt with the pomegranate, chopped green chili, fresh coriander and the crushed cumin and coriander seeds which have been dry roasted.

IMG_2670IMG_2675 IMG_2672 Serve the Pomegranate Raita with biryani or pulav and enjoy a burst of sweet, tang and savory in your mouth.

I am joining Torview’s Food Palette Red Event with my Pomegranate Raita.


Satrupa said...

Lovely Clicks Pree ...... fusion food is the in thing !!



GB said...

Dear god. don't tempt me with that biryani, you temptress!

Love the idea of anaar raita. must try soon. have two plump anaars waiting to be peeled..........

sra said...

I thought Nigella did it very carelessly - she even put the membrane in the raita, something I find hard to stomach!

Priya Suresh said...

Thats a colourful raita..fantastic..

Peggy said...

Love this fusion raita!

Torviewtoronto said...

thank you for linking this delicious raita

mamtc said...

Kool.Nice pictures and tempting dish

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Ei British fusion ta besh hoyeche toh dekhte, I particularly liked your 2nd sec pic (the giant Pomegranate). Tobe shotyi kotha boli? Tomar oi tempting looking biryani ta ami emni shesh kore ditey pari ;-)

Hamaree Rasoi

Lakshmi Rajan said...

Pomegranate raitha and banana raitha are two of my fav raitha variants :) yummmy pics !

My Kitchen Antics said...

i loved that title :)