With mercury on the rise ,I am trying to include fruits and vegetables in my diet that are ideal for this season.One such delicious recipe is this raita made with ash gourd and pomegranate .Usually we make raita with ash gourd but to make it colourful,healthy and appealing I added carrot and pomegranate along with it.The pomegranate gives a mild sweetness to this raita and a cup of this raita when made with low fat yogurt is so healthy and makes it suitable for diabetics and weight watchers too.It goes well with Sambar or kuzhambhu and plain rice .
Preparation time :15 mins
Grated ash gourd-3 tbsp
Grated carrot-3 tbsp
Pomegranate -2 tbsp
Low fat yogurt or regular plain yogurt(curd)-1 and 1/2 cups
Hing /asafetida -1/2 tsp
To be grind to a paste:
Grated coconut-2 tbsp
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Jeera/cumin seeds-1 tsp
1.Grind green chilli and coconut to a fine paste .
2.Beat the yogurt to a uniform consistency.add salt and hing to it.
3.Add the grated ash gourd ,carrot and pomegranate to the yogurt . Add the ground paste also to it and mix well.
4.Heat oil in a wok and add the tempering ingredients and once the mustard splutters ,add it to the raita.
5.Serve the Raita chilled along with hot plain rice and sambar or vatha kuzhambhu .