Potato and Mint Raita / Aloo Pudine ka Raita

Potato and Mint Raita / Aloo Pudine ka Raita

Summers beckon us. It’s time to start treating our body with cool foods / drinks and ensure it stays hydrated and active. While the appetite takes a sudden dip (you feel thirsty more than hungry), eating the right kind of foods are important too else you feel fatigue and tired pretty soon.

Raitas are and will be a regular feature at home in our 2 main meals the entire 3 or 4 months of summer in Mumbai. Sadly during summers, the stomach takes a great toll due to the humidity, lack of eating properly and dehydration. Eating curds, hence, becomes a necessity to keep the gut clean leading to smooth and supple skin during summers, which by the way is the most to get hampered too due to harsh weather. Extreme heat during summers cause skin irritation, darkening and not to worry loads of pimples etc esp with teenagers. The only solution, rather the safest solution is to make curd a part of your daily diet (atleast once for starters). Say bye bye to all those expensive creams etc that guarantee you a blemish free skin. Curds would just do the trick. By the way, apply curds on your hair and give it a good rinse to ensure silky shiny hair too. One of the best conditioners you can get. The same curd when mixed with gram flour and applied on skin before a bath is probably one of the most underrated yet guaranteed super skin scrub probably what your grandmother had been using and has been advising you to do the same too.

Now, the problem lies in monotony. How can you have dahi every single day? Turn it into a raita, throw some veggies, fruits, nuts and just see that boring lunch turn interesting within no time. Potato and Mint Raita is my go to Raita during summers as its extremely cooling. Generous quantity of chopped mint with cubed or diced boiled potatoes, a bit of home made roasted cumin powder, some Himalayan pink salt (I am crazy about it currently) and a cool bowl of curd is just what I would happily dig into with my rotis or dal chawal.

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By the way, don’t throw those potato peels.. they are great for your under eye bags or rubbing on your skin if it is severely tanned during summers. Now this is what I call making full use of the ingredients.

Check out the easy recipe try making this at home.

Recipe for Potato and Mint Raita / Aloo Pudine ka Raita

Ingredients

  1. Boiled and cubed potatoes – 1 cup
  2. Few mint leaves – finely chopped
  3. Curd – 1 cup
  4. Roasted Cumin powder – ½ tsp
  5. Himalayan Pink Salt – ½ tsp

Method

  1. In a bowl, add the boiled and cubed potatoes along with salt and cumin powder.
  2. Whisk the curd well and add it over the mixture of potatoes.
  3. Add finely chopped mint leaves and mix everything well.
  4. Refrigerate it until you serve.

Recipe Notes

  • The curd should be fresh, thick and not at all tangy.
  • You can add pomogranette pearls too to the raita.
  • Sprinkle some cumin powder before serving. You can add some chilli powder too, if you like. I avoid that during summers though.
  • I have used Himalayan Pink Salt which is extremely healthy but you can use Kala Namak / Rock Salt / Sea Salt or your basic table salt.

 

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60 thoughts on “Potato and Mint Raita / Aloo Pudine ka Raita

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  1. Am sure this potato and mint combination will definitely please anyone. Love the addition of mini in this raita. Have tried aloo ka raita but am now tempted to give a try this aromatic combination.

    1. Thank you dear, glad you found the tips useful. I am too lazy to even apply a peel of potato on my dark circles so thought of atleast putting it across on my blog page so that someone unlike me, really makes a good use of it. Biryani and this raita would be totally amazing!

  2. I love dahi and can have it as such but yeah sometimes we do need a variation and raita comes to rescue then. Btw nice tip of using potato peels for under eye bags treatment.

  3. Perfect recipe to beat the heat. Healthy and filling too because of the addition of potatoes. I just love the flavour of mint in Raita which gives a refreshing feel.

  4. I totally agree with you Vidya. No store bought cream can beat the home made curd Thank you for the tips.
    I too use curd everyday in one or the other form. My favourite is making it a buttermilk or hung curd which goes perfect with many dishes. I too make this side dish often.

  5. I have tried commenting so many times now all my beautiful comment/comments is/ are misal bhaji. Anyway, I love the shot of the raita tastewise also it is yummy. Try telling my girls about the use of curds for their beauty treatments it is like (rolling your eyes). They do it to me I to them! But I do agree curds is not only good for the gut but the skin and hair too. In fact when I had a severe case of skin pigmentation I used buttermilk to wash my face for some days till I had complaints galore from all quarters,

    1. Finally received your comment Anu Tai! I agree about the curd, thankfully we south indians can have curds the whole day and not get tired so it really helps in summer and also the protein / calcium requirement for the body. Glad you loved the shot. Thanks so much.

  6. The potato mint raita is such a lovely innovation. We love curd, in fact my family will not eat any meal with out it.Our usual raita are with veggies and fruits.I have never added potato so I am so glad I have discovered another recipe to try as mint and potato go so well together.

  7. I remember having this raita when I visited India last time in 2012, we came to for some charity work and there was one guy from Punjab was there too, and he prepared this raita for all of us. Yogurt, mint, and summer go hand in hand..time to enjoy the summer!

    1. Absolutely, yoghurt and summer are best friends! Hopefully, this year we are spared of the extreme heat like the last year. Global Warming is taking a toll and how! Thank you dear.

  8. Potato raita looks delicious. We make this in different way and call it as chutney. Now that I saw your recipe I am going to make this with soy curd. Yum!

  9. That raita looks sooo good Vidya. I’ve never tried adding potato to raita and it sounds absolutely delicious. It must have tasted amazing with mint.

  10. I am a raita fan! I make this very often and love to try out different varieties. I have made potato and mint raitas seperately but never thought of combining these two!! I will be making this one soon Vidhya, much needed coolant for this climate.

  11. Here in Karnataka, specifically in the Udupi-Mangalore regions, a particular type of potato raita is made. Coconut and mustard are ground together with a few other spices and added to curd, along with boiled potatoes. It tastes absolutely scrumptious! I’ll write about it soon on my blog – learnt how to make it from an ex-colleague of mine.

    Your version looks super simple and delicious, too! Should try it out some time. 🙂

  12. I just love Raitas especially during Summer. This aloo pudina raita looks so fabulous. Would love to have it anytime .Pudina adds nice flavor to the raita.Superb share Vidya.

  13. if I have boiled potato in the fridge then potato raita definitely be prepared. creamy rich and delicious taste.

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