The funny thing about natural yoghurt is that for a long time I thought I didn’t like it. For no reason. In fact, the only reason I can think of is that my parents didn’t like it and as they weren’t very keen, I assumed it was something to avoid. I’m sure that’s the reason why many of us don’t like certain food. Without realising it, we’ve been put us off those foods when we were young. That’s a shame when the food in question is something so healthy and something that is a key ingredient in so many cultures around the world.
Nowadays I try to eat yoghurt regularly and it is a common ingredient in many of my meals. Yoghurt is fashionable and not only yoghurt, but also probiotic drinks, which were unheard of not so long ago.
One of my favourite things to make with yoghurt is a raita. I have a spinach one that I often make but this time one of my other dishes had spinach in so I really wanted to make something different. I considered making a cucumber one but I often make tzatziki and cucumber raita is very similar so I turned to trusty Anjum Anand’s Indian Food Made Easy. Indeed, nothing could be easier than her tomato, cucumber and onion raita. The ingredient that really makes this a delicious accompaniment is the fresh coriander, which is my favourite herb and the one I could definitely not live without.
The picture may not be the most attractive in the world, but trust me, it tastes far better than it looks.
1/2 red onion, diced
1 tomato, deseeded
10cm piece of cucumber, diced
Handful of fresh coriander (cilantro)
4 tbsp natural yoghurt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chilli powder
How to Make Tomato, Cucumber and Onion Raita
1. Mix everything together in a bowl. Season.
2. Taste and if necessary add more spices, salt or pepper.