Friday, March 29, 2013

Baigan Raita

Raita always brings a twist in our meals and also increases the taste. It is also said that raita apart from increasing the taste of the meals, it also helps in digestion purpose. Before I was not too fond of raita, but now a days I feel my meals are incomplete without any raita or any plain salad. So tried this raita recipe known as Baigan Raita or Dahi Baigan . This is the one delicious yogurt based seasoned salad made with eggplants or brinjal. This is very simple and easy to prepare if you have eggplants handy in your kitchen.

  • Small eggplant, thinly diced - 5 nos (as shown in above image)
  • Thick yogurt - 1&1/4 cups
  • Cilantro, chopped - 2 tbsp
  • Crushed red chillies  - 1&1/2 tsp
  • Tumeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1&1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/8 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 5
  • Asafoetida - a pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil - 1 tsp +1 tsp


  • Wash and thinly dice the eggplants into small pieces. Microwave the pieces along with pinch of salt and 1 tsp of oil until the eggplant pieces are soft and tender.
  • Beat the yogurt till you get smooth texture. Add in cooked eggplant pieces , another pinch of salt and chopped cilantro. Mix everything well.
  • Heat oil in the seasoning pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, crushed red chillies, asafoetida, curry leaves and tumeric powder. Fry everything for 1 minute and pour it into yogurt mixture and mix well.
  • Baigan raita is ready to serve