My Grandmother’s Multicolored Mixed Vegetable Raita

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on July 8, 2010

 

My two grandmother’s could not be more different.  One has a PhD, was a career woman and takes pride in the fact that she ‘cant boil a kettle of water’. She is a connoisseur of fine food, but never enters the kitchen herself. My other grandmother works miracles in the kitchen. She can effortlessly turn out simmering pot after pot of the most delectable sambars, kuzhambus, rasams, poriyals, and kootus. She instilled in me a love for cooking; and not a week goes by when I’m not on the phone with my grandmother asking for recipes, techniques or clarifications. As different as they are from each other, both my grandmothers are remarkable women, and I continue to learn so much from them.

 My grandmother (the non-cooking one!), grandfather,  father and aunt. Late 1950s

 

 

 When its too hot to cook, I always turn to this mixed vegetable raita. Its cool, refershing and there is no cooking involved. I am happy just eating a huge bowl of this for dinner. But this colorful raita will be a great accompaniment to and Indian dinner of rice, roti and curry.

Its easy to remember this recipe – just remember the 6 Cs- cucumber, capsicum, corn, carrot, curd, cherry tomato. Then add pomegranates. Thats it! I didnt use pomegranate seeds in this recipe because I couldnt find any; but I highly recommend you use them!

My grandmother adds salt to the raita only just before serving. If you add salt any sooner, it will draw out the moisture from the vegetables and make your raita watery. And make sure you let the raita sit in the fridge overnight, it tastes much better than eating it right away.

My Grandmother’s Multicolored Mixed Vegetable Raita Recipe

serves about 10 as a side dish

1 large seedless cucumber, the kind with the plastic wrap or 4 small cucumbers (about 3 cups when chopped)
3 medium carrots (about 1 1/2 cups when chopped)
1 small green pepper (about 1/2 cup when chopped)
1 small orange pepper (about 1/2 cup when chopped)
1 cup cherry tomatoes
2 cups drained canned sweet corn
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (I didnt use, because I couldnt find them)
3 cups yogurt
salt

Peel the cucumber and carrots, and chop into very small pieces. Chop the peppers into tiny pieces as well. Cut each cherry tomato into 2 or 3 pieces.  Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, except salt. Place the raita in the fridge. Raita tastes better if it sits over night. Add salt just before serving and stir well. Serve chilled.

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1 pavithra July 8, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I too make veggie raita but never added corn.. Interesting.. will adopt this one ..By the way so colorful .. beautiful pictures. Nice to see thatha, paati…

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2 Anu menon July 8, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I usually get myself a similar mixture n add some chat masala. My hubby likes to cook it with tikka masala… But more than the meal I savour the pics! Definite LIKE!

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3 Brian @ A Thought For Food July 8, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Your pictures, as always, are stunning… it just makes me smile when I see them because they are just so vibrant. This looks like such a refreshing dish.

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4 Prerna July 8, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Wow! what pretty pictures.. Well! that’s nothing new to you.
Love all the popping colors of raita. Dahi kachumbar is my all time favorite too.
BTW I loved your work so much that I gave an award to you, although I don’t think I have authority but if you wish you can accept it over at my blog.
Thanks!

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5 Sharmilee July 9, 2010 at 12:41 am

Lovely colorful salad…pic looks too gud

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6 Apeksha July 9, 2010 at 1:19 am

Beautiful pics….and a great recipe too!

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7 nags July 9, 2010 at 1:47 am

lots of veg, less curd, that’s how i made raita too :) the colours are gorgeous and that moram.. such a beautiful prop!

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8 nags July 9, 2010 at 1:48 am

made alla *make :)

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9 Rosa July 9, 2010 at 2:28 am

So colorful, healthy and delicious! A wonderful post.

Cheers,

Rosa

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10 Priti July 9, 2010 at 3:13 am

Looks very colourful and yum….

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11 nandini.p July 9, 2010 at 3:57 am

Beautiful tribute to both ur Grand mothers sala …. Like the family pic in black and white.

Raita in any form is appreciated athome. Like this one as it has corn in it. Will try it soon sala

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12 Cumin Coriander July 9, 2010 at 7:50 am

I need a course on Food photography from you some day :) Let me know if you are interested :) . How gorgeous!! I have tried photographing the grape tomatoes, but mine is not half as good as yours!!

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13 Cumin Coriander July 9, 2010 at 7:50 am

I need a course on Food photography from you some day :) Let me know if you are interested :) . How gorgeous. I have tried photographing the grape tomatoes, but mine is not half as good as yours!!

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14 Soma July 9, 2010 at 7:51 am

love the C’s :-) This kinda raita is a part of my everyday meal, almost, except I don’t follow the C but throw in whatever i have at home. Yes pomegranate goes in too when it is the season. now I am using the dried cranberries for the little hint of sweet and tart. Lovely post!

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15 Deesha July 9, 2010 at 10:50 am

love the colors .. soo vibrant

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16 lisaiscooking July 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

This fresh, colorful mix sounds delicious for a raita!

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17 Happy Cook July 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Such a beautifu colour full raita. Love the old pic you have posted, i don’t even have a pic of any grandparents, mom has it but i don’t think she will let it go :-)
Only knew dads mom and she was not a good grnadmother at all.
When i see the relationship my daughter as with her grandmother i am like why i didn’t have like that.

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18 roxan July 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Oh my, this looks SO refreshing and delicious! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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19 roxan July 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

PS If you have a trader joes near you they sell pomegranate seeds in the refrigerated section where they have the packaged fruits.

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20 Cynthia July 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm

This is summer in a bowl.

Thanks for sharing that family photo with us.

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21 Xiaolu (6 Bittersweets) July 11, 2010 at 4:06 am

I love raita and all other uses of yogurt in cooking, really. But raita in particular is always so refreshing in the summer. I love reading about your amazing grandmothers, which makes me think of mine who were also quite remarkable, raising large families through all sorts of turbulent times in China. Anyway, great dish and photos, and always love hearing more about you and your family :) .

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22 Mark @ Cafe Campana July 11, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Great looking colours. This is packed with vegies, I totally need this as I am bad and never cook or eat them.

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23 Arthi August 17, 2010 at 6:58 am

Your blog is so addictive sala…Im happy to have found you..We have similar grandmom’s…my maternal grandma was a gr8 cook and was the only one in my family other than me who baked cakes and cookies…dunno how she managed without an oven..while the other grandma was very spiritual and orthodox and my only cooking memories of her were upma and dosai…

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24 Shubha December 3, 2010 at 3:29 am

as usual liked the pics and the detailed explanation too! :)

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25 Aarthi June 26, 2011 at 11:57 pm

this looks so colourful

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26 VijayaCmouli July 1, 2011 at 6:22 am

Dear VB,
just read your mail with your grandmother’s rainbow coloured raita-and yet what really made me astonishingly curious and vibrate with your emotions is the fact that your grandmas were likes the ‘antipodes’.I am of the generation of your mother I think because I have 2 grandchildren and you are definitely my daughter’s age-group.
I am curious to know about your mother (the family photo is beautiful and nostalgic like photos of yore!)My mother was a pioneer in many aspects and many ways.My mother had a doctorate in Biochemistry, the first woman Science graduate from Delhi University, travelled abroad together with my father and also alone for research work.And in addition my mother I bet was one of the first to marry outside the ‘community’ and I with my siblings do feel richer for her courage and conviction!!!
Your cooking blog along with the numerous other young women does surprise me pleasantly but my heart and soul wonders with apprehension for the millions of people who are not within THE LOOP! I do hope the situation of our great land will improve and you young women will also think deeply and contribute in your own ways to their betterment!!!

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27 Carol G September 12, 2013 at 12:49 am

Is there a certain kind of yogurt you use? Or just plain non dairy kind?

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

Any kind of plain dairy yogurt.

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