Friday, October 8, 2010

Vrat ka Khana | Fasting Foods: Aloo Raita | Potato Yogurt Salad

Aloo Raita is a favourite in North India. It is typically made in the winter and I always associate it weekend lunches in the warm Delhi winter sun!! It is also one of those foods that are made during festivals, especially Sharad Navratri. This year Sahrad Navratri falls between October 8 and October 17. During these nine nights and ten days, Hindus worship the nine forms of Goddess/Mother - Devi/Shakti. On the tenth day, Vijaya Dashmi or Dusshera is observed.

As this is an auspicious time, many fast duing the Navratras. The meals prepared focus on certain grains, dairy, and fruit. As a result the kitchen taken on a whole new dimension. Special festival foods and vrat ka khana or fasting foods are prepared and consumed.

2 large potatoes, boiled and cubed
3 cups yogurt, plain
2 green chilies
4-5 curry leaves
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp haldi (turmeric powder)
Sendha Namak (rock salt), to taste
1 tsp oil

  1. Beat the yogurt until smooth. Blend in the salt to taste.
  2. Add the cubed potatoes. Set aside.
  3. In a small pan, heat the oil. when it reaches smoking point, reduce heat.
  4. Add the mustard seeds. When they begin to pop, add the cumin seeds, haldi, curry leaves and the green chilies. Turn off the heat.
  5. Stir this tarka into the Raita.
  6. Serve the Aloo Raita at room temperature or chilled.
This Aloo Raita tastes super on its own - its a great pick me up food or a mid-day snack. You can also serve it with delicious Sabudana Khichiri, which is another fasting food very popular during the Navratras.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Apu,

    Dats a great salad...I love salads...



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