Refreshing Mango Mint Raita is the perfect accompaniment to your Indian meals. Serve it as a side with your favorite pulao or biryani!
Mango season will be soon upon us and I know who will be the happiest person in this world, yes that’s by husband. He has a borderline obsession with mangoes, I swear he gets so excited seeing mangoes at the grocery store, like I can’t even begin to describe it. The other day we found these mangoes at Trader Joe’s and even though they didn’t really look ripe still he picked them up. Well he can’t help it and I understand because I am the same for chocolate. If I see it I have to get it! I peeled one of the mangoes to make this favorite mango shake but it wasn’t sweet at all. And so I used it in another recipe and made this mango mint raita. It worked perfectly here!
I realized it’s been a while since I share a raita recipe on the blog and I should be sharing more because they are so easy and compliment any Indian meal. When I was little, I never ate lunch without a raita on the side. It was made everyday in my house, sometimes mixed raita with onion, tomato, carrots etc, sometimes spinach raita, boondi raita etc etc. Raita is very refreshing and since it’s gets super hot in India during summers, it’s obvious why it was made every day. Also because we use so many spices in our food, the raita helps to balance it all out.
I particularly love eating raita with my pulao or biryani. In fact if you ever order one of these at an Indian restaurant, they will always serve raita along with. One of the most common raita that they serve is mint raita, it’s so refreshing and really balances out all the spices that are used in the biryani and pulao. I added my little twist to the mint raita by adding mangoes to it.
This mango mint raita is super refreshing and super easy to make too. Adjust the water to your preference. My yogurt was pretty thick so I had to dilute it out, you may want to add more or less water. And always remember to chill the raita before serving, it really tastes best when chilled.
* Adding sugar is optional. I added it because the mango I used wasn’t really sweet. You can skip if it if your mangoes are sweet enough.
Mango Mint Raita
- 1 cup thick yogurt
- 3/4 cup water, adjust till desired consistency is reached
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar. optional
- 1/4 teaspoon red chili
- 1/4 teaspoon black salt
- salt, to taste
- 1/4 cup finely chopped mint leaves
- 1/4 cup chopped mango pieces + more to garnish
- In a bowl whisk together yogurt and water. Adjust the amount of water to desired consistency. You may want to use more or less water depending on how thick your yogurt is.
- Add cumin powder, black salt, salt, red chili powder and sugar (if using) and mix till well combined.
- add chopped fresh mint leaves, chopped mangoes and mix.
- Chill the raita before serving.
Mango Mint Raita