Learn how to make my family’s special mint raita with the addition of pomegranate. The freshness of mint and the sweetness of pomegranate makes make this raita recipe a summer favorite.
Raita is a Hindi term for a dip made with curd. It is served as a side with a variety of Indian main course dishes. Even Wikipedia also has a dedicated page for the dish.
In the Indian sub-continent, a variety of raita recipes are made with fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Each one of them is unique in taste, color, and texture. One of the most popular among all the raita recipes is – mint raita or pudina raita.
It is a refreshing Indian side dish made with fresh mint leaves and curd.
Family Favorite Mint Raita
This anar pudina raita is my family’s heirloom recipe passed on from one generation to another. The original idea of adding pomegranate to raita was from my great-grandmother. Growing up, I saw my mother making this raita for all her dinner parties, and now I am carrying forward the torch.
It is an adaptable, quick, incredibly delicious raita recipe. And indeed a delightful way to eat lots of pomegranates.
The refreshing flavor of herbs, the juiciness of pomegranate, punchy garlic, sugar, and spices all make this raita bursting with flavors.
Mint: This raita requires fresh mint leaves. Please do not use dried leaves or mint powder.
Coriander Leaves: It helps balance out the bitterness of mint leaves and gives a refreshing taste to the raita.
Curd: Use thick, unflavored curd for making raita. Make sure it is not sour.
Sugar: Granulated White Sugar gives a mild sweetness to raita and balances the heat of chilies.
Green Chilies: Adjust the quantity according to your personal preference. For a mildly spicy taste, you can discard the seeds and the white pith of green chilies.
Garlic: It is an optional ingredient. But I highly recommend adding garlic to this mint raita.
Seasoning: Salt, Cumin Powder
Health Benefits Of Pomegranate
- Pomegranate has anti-aging properties
- Pomegranate is a fabulous immunity booster
- Pomegranate can boost your heart health as well
- It can help in maintaining a good level of hemoglobin
- It helps to keep pimples at bay by making your skin healthy
How To Make
Step 1) Make a green chutney-style paste of – mint leaves, coriander leaves, garlic, green chili, sugar, salt, cumin powder, and a tablespoon of curd.
Step 2) Next step is to whisk the curd so there are no lumps. Use a wire whisk or hand mixer for the purpose. The curd should become smooth.
Step 3) Add green paste and pomegranate. Combine. The mint raita is ready!
You can serve pomegranate mint raita with a variety of Indian main course dishes. It adds excellent variety to the everyday meal menu or the Indian thali meals.
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Pomegranate Mint Raita Recipe
- 2 Cup thick curd or yogurt
- ¼ cup water
- ½ Cup pomegranate
Ingredients To Grind:
- 1 Cup mint leaves (pudina)
- ¼ Cup coriander leaves
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 green chillies, chopped
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
- Blend together the mint, coriander, garlic, green chilies in a mixer using 2 tablespoons of curd, into a chutney-like paste.
- In another bowl, whisk the curd using a wire whisk, add ¼ cup of water to get a smooth, spoon-dropping consistency. Make sure curd is smooth and lump free.
- Then, add the mint paste to the whisked curd. Stir gently, to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning accordingly.
- Add pomegranate and once again mix the raita. At this stage, you can keep the raita in the refrigerator to chill or serve it at room temperature.
- Serve Mint Raita chilled or at room temperature.
- Make sure the curd is not sour.
- Whisk the curd nicely using either a hand mixer or a wire whisk to get a smooth texture.
- If you like raita thick, skip mixing water in the yogurt.
- Garlic is added to the flavor. Hence, it is a totally personal choice to include it in the recipe. You can add chopped onion as well in this mint raita.
Kitchen Lady says
Just a clarification: this is NOT vegan. Vegan means no meat products, no dairy and no eggs. Unless you are using a non-dairy milk for the yogurt, you might want to edit your post where you refer to this recipe as vegan. Looks great, though!
Keith @ How's it Lookin? says
Looks delicious. I love mint flavor. Thanks for sharing
Ranjanis Kitchen says
easy and interesting raita to have with any rice
Sharvari (Mumbai to Melbourne) says
This looks really good.. Love the recipe and the pictures are super http://www.mumbaitomelbourne.com/food-and-health-blog-posts/batata-vada-or-vada-pav-mumbai-style-fried-potato-fritters
Oh Hina, thanks a lot for bringing memories of this dish back. I havent eaten it in ages and cant believe I havent tried making it yet in my own kitchen. This is perfect for summers. Thanks forthe reminder 🙂
straight suits says
wow so nice!! i have tasted it last week at my friend’s house. Really they make me crazy.. Now you make me remember.
No words for the taste of anar ka raita
Wow, this mint and pomergranate dessert is very yummy. I like this mint taste and flair. Thank you for shared recipe.
wow so nice test. and very easy and interesting.
Urmila Dasgupta says
Absolute favourite in the family. I make it usually with methi parathas and it’s a big HIT
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