Beetroot Raita ( Yogurt Dip)

After my gallbladder surgery two years ago I had  been facing a number of digestive issues and had to modify my diet to include healthier alternatives. A friend of mine suggested me to consume yogurt with every meal as it has been found to be excellent for the digestive system because of the presence of probiotics. Probiotics, derived from the Greek word meaning “for life,” are friendly bacteria that are similar to the beneficial bacteria found in the digestive system. They work by helping to break down foods that enter the digestive tract and fight off unhealthy bacteria and yeast.

The other health benefits of eating yogurt, from helping build stronger bones to boosting the immune system are also well known. Ever since I try to consume yogurt in the form of raitas, smoothies or simply as a healthy dessert almost on a daily basis.

I had some beetroots in my fridge which were left over after making a vegetable pulao last night, so I decided to make this simple beetroot raita as a side dish for my lunch. Beets are  a potent source of antioxidants and nutrients like folic acid, magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamin C and soluble fibre  making this simple condiment a really healthy one.

Beetroot Raita
Beetroot Raita

 Beetroot Raita

Ingredients:
1 cup whisked yogurt
1 medium beetroot
1/4 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar (or according to taste)
Red chilli powder/black pepper powder – according to taste
Salt – according to taste
Black salt (optional) – according to taste
Cilantro/mint leaves – to garnish

Method:
1) Wash and remove the ends of the beetroot. Boil/steam the beetroot until it’s a bit tender.  Peel and grate finely.
2) Add the grated beetroot and all spices to the whisked yogurt.
3) Garnish with cilantro/mint leaves . Serve cold.

Beetroot Raita

I’m linking this to the following events:
I’m the Star hosted by Vegetarian Food & Me
Healthy Morsels jointly hosted by Lecker and Yummy Recipes, Taste of Pearl City and Schmetterling Words
Midweek Fiesta #20 hosted by Food Corner

31 comments on “Beetroot Raita ( Yogurt Dip)

  1. Never tried raita with beets before ! Yogurt, which we always take it for granted, has so many health benefits especially for women. Thank you Sadaf for the useful info about Yogurt and linking it to Healthy Morsels-Pregnancy 🙂

  2. This looks so nice with pretty pink.Sounds very healthy,actually I found the recipe of onion raita recently from a blog & now it is one of our favourites.Now this is a new idea to try with beetroots.Thanks a lot for sharing it with Midweek Fiesta…

  3. Ghee tadka definitely sounds great. Since I usually make it for myself only, I like to make it as healthy as possible, but will definitely try it sometime for added kick.

  4. It’s definitely a very healthy choice for pregnant women. Yogurt is rich in calcium whereas beets are rich in folic acid- two of the main nutrients essential during pregnancy.

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