Monday, May 2, 2011

Sweet Potato Raita

A raita to go with a flavored rice is almost a must in many households... and ours is one such. Raita is basically a vegetable - cooked or raw, in a yoghurt sauce, tempered with some mild spices. A good raita not only makes a good combination with flavored rice, but also adds up to the taste.

Usually, these raitas are very simple to make and with variations. This one uses sweet potato as the veggie and is not very common... but it does taste awesome, with a sweetish taste combined with sour-ish curds, tempered with spicy chilies and salt to taste.... Try it out and serve it with pulavs/puliyogare/vanghibath/biriyani, or lisck it off as is, that too tastes great!

Preparation time : 5 min
Cooking time : 10 min + 2 min
Serves : 4-5

Sweet potato - 1, medium sized
Cooking oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Green chilies - 4-5, vary according to your taste
Coriander - 2 tsp, finely chopped
Coconut - 2 tsp, grated
Thick curd - 1-1½ cups
Salt - ¾ tsp or as per taste

Wash and cook sweet potato till soft. I use pressure cooker till 2-3 whistles
When cool enough to handle, peel off the outer skin and slightly mash it into smaller pieces
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and allow to splutter
Add Urad dal and roast till golden color
Add slit green chilies and curry leaves and sauté for a minute
To the mashed , mix the tempering prepared above, salt and grated coconut
When ready to serve, add the curd and mix well. If it is too thick, thin it down with a little water
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve

Tips n Tricks:
Let there be some small pieces of the sweet potato. Do not mash it very fine
This raita is not very thin, and don’t add too much of water, which will spoil the taste

The same can be prepared with potatoes also.


  1. This is truly innovative..shall surely try this out..

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  2. This is a very new kind of raita for me...looks very good. Well presented too.

  3. Raita looks so inviting. Great preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. Raita looks super creamy and fantastic..

  5. Really yummy raita! I'd gobble it up!

  6. So yummy.. new and tasty.. I have not personally tried sweet potato in raita.. will try this one:) Thanks for sharing Dear..

  7. Great innovation- loved the cute serving pot too :)
    US Masala


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