Beet And Pineapple Raita

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Beet and pineapple raita

The great thing about raitas is that there isn’t a set list of ingredients. Here I have used cooked diced beets with chunks of fresh pineapple that give it a citrus touch. But you can use any canned fruit or diced soft or cooked vegetables to make raita—just make sure you choose ingredients that create a balance of sweetness from the fruit and tartness from the yogurt.

Ingredients

        2 medium beets, about ½ lb (225 g)

        2 cups (500 g) plain yogurt,whisked until smooth

        1 cup (250 g) sour cream, whisked until smooth

        8 oz (250 g) peeled and cored fresh or canned pineapple, diced to ½ -in (1.25-cm) pieces

        5 green onions (scallions), minced, 1 teaspoon garlic powder

        1 small fresh green chili peppers,minced, Salt, to taste

        ½ teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh  coriander leaves (cilantro).

Instructions

Step 1:

Peel the beets before or after cooking. Place the beets in a small pan with water to cover by 2 in (5 cm) and bring to a boil over high heat.

Step 2:

Reduce the heat to mediumlow, cover, and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. (Alternatively, pierce beets, place in 2 in (5 cm) of water, cover and microwave for 6–9 minutes). Drain and when cool enough to handle, dice peeled beets to about ½ in (1.25 cm). Set aside to cool completely.

Step 3:
Mix the yogurt and sour cream together in a serving bowl. Add the cooked beets, pineapple, green onions, garlic powder, chili pepper, salt and black pepper, and stir to blend. Garnish with the fresh coriander leaves and serve.

Food: Beet And Pineapple Raita

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