Saturday, March 12, 2011

Zucchini Yoghurt Salad -Turkish style Raitha

The heat during day time is so intense that we need cold raithas or desserts.Rather than spring I feel summer is fast approaching.So rather than going for elaborate meals raithas are more preferable for me.Ofcourse I make other sides for rice/breads but end up eating the raithas more. This is a simple zucchini raitha Turkish style (also known as Yo─čurtlu Kabak Salatas─▒ ) from AlmostTurkish. I had one zucchini and I used the recipe accordingly.

Zucchini: 1 :optionally peeled and coarsely grated.
Thick yoghurt: 1/2 -1 cup depending on taste
Olive oil: 1-2 tsp
Garlic: 1 small clove grated/minced
Walnuts: handful: chopped/crushed/halved
Fresh/Frozen Dill: 1-2 tbsp as per taste
Fresh /Dried mint: 1tbsp :as per taste and adjust with dill.
Salt & Pepper: as per taste

Optioally peel zucchini (I did,very lighly)and grate it in  a bowl.Squeeze and remove the excess juice.
Heat olive oil in a pan,add the squeezed zucchini and cook till tender stirring occassionally. This takes few minutes only. Remove  from heat and allow to cool.

In a big bowl,mix well grated garlic and yoghurt. To this garlicky yoghurt,stir in the cooled zucchini,herbs,walnuts and salt & pepper.

Mix well and serve chilled.

A simple and fuss free raitha. You can adjust the herbs as per taste. I had used frozen dill and fresh mint and I prefered mint more. You can also adjust the quantity or thickness of the curd and use it as a spread or topping. This is a saviour during hot summer and a bit different from the regular no-cook raithas we normally use.

And it vanished in minutes.......................


Reshmi Mahesh said...

This is new to me...looks superb..


Swathi said...

zucchini yogurt salad looks delicious. It is really cooling effect.

Unknown said...

Looks absolutely perfect, I am definitely going to try it out :)

Priya Suresh said...

Woww marvellous salad, i dont bother to have some rite now, delicious..

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