Thursday, November 11, 2010

Spinach / Palak Raita

'We all know that Popeye made himself super strong by eating spinach, but you may be surprised to learn that he may also have been helping to protect himself against inflammatory problems, oxidative stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and cancers at the same time.'  (Source :

We love palak raita and I make this atleast three to four times a month. I found the recipe of this nutrious raita many years back on the internet and tweaked it a bit to our liking.

Ingredients :
3 cups chopped spinach/palak
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp jeera
2 tsp finely chopped ginger
2 to 3 green chillies, finely chopped
5 to 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
Curd/ yogurt

Method :
Heat oil. Add mustard seeds and jeera. When they splutter, toss in ginger, garlic and green chillies and saute till the chillies and garlic turn brownish. Add onions [I used white onions] and saute for a few minutes, till they turn translucent.
Add spinach/ palak [ I used baby spinach, roughly chopped] and salt. Keep stirring (do not cover) for 2 to 4 minutes till the spinach cooks completely.

Allow to cool.

In a bowl, take 1 cup yogurt. Mix with 3 tbsp (or more) of the spinach mixture. Adjust salt accordingly.

You can refrigerate the rest of the spinach mixture in an airtight container for later use. Mix with curd just before serving.



  1. palak raita looks delicious. I haven't tried curd and Palak look like I need too.

  2. Palak raita sounds too gud,haven't tried this before...Thanks for sharing the healthy recipe...

  3. Great recipe aparna. I've bookmarked this :)

  4. wow! nice way of sneaking in spinach esp for kids isnt it ? i hv tried this once with hing and urad dal in seasoning but yours sounds even more delicious with ginger-garlic ..will try .

  5. I love the spinach n garlic combi ne time... nd i eat curds only in raitha or with sugar..... so this is too\ be tried

  6. i love it ....have made this many times and have liked it always...presentation is cool.....

  7. I love palak raita...looks super delicious and droolworthy

  8. I haven't tried something like this before. I am bookmarking this to try it as I love spinach and yogurt.

  9. Delicious raita..never tried this before,the pic is fabulous.

  10. Palak raita looks awesome. Very healthy as well. Nice pics.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  11. Love the raita and the chinese starter. Nice that you kept spinach leaves for garnish. Looks pretty. :)

  12. Thanks for this healthy n Simple Raitha...

  13. This is very nice Aparna. I will definitely try this.
    My method is like this.
    Boil spinach. chop roughly. add raw onion finely chopped, green chilly cut lengthwise. salt n curds. mix well. sprinkle with bhoona jeera powder.

  14. this is fantastic it taste wonderful!

  15. Healthy and yummy perfect with rice:)

  16. A healthy raita to go as a side dish with any pilaf or curry.



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