Simple Indian Recipes...
Delicious and healthy dishes that can be made even by first timers.


 Published 2012-May-14   Updated 2023-Aug-02
(Thayir Pachadi, Yogurt Salad, Dahi Salad)

Jump to recipes ↓

Raita is a popular accompaniment served with spicy biryani or parathas in India and Pakistan. It is basically raw vegetables mixed with some beaten yogurt. It is known to cool your palate while eating the traditional spicy Indian food. It is also known as the Indian Salad and its a way of consuming raw vegetables. Mostly raw vegetables are used but in some cases, we need to cook the vegetables. The most commonly served vegetable raita is the one with raw onion. Other vegetable raitas include cucumber raita, carrot raita, tomato raita, mint raita, beet raita etc. I've also made raita with yellow squash, zucchini, brinjal, okra, bitter gourd etc. The combination of vegetables with the cool yogurt makes it very delectable. Raita can also be made with fruits like the pineapple raita, banana raita, pomegranate raita, mango raita, strawberry raita etc. Raita can also be made with boondhi, sprouts or boiled grains like wheat berries.

In North India, it is commonly referred to as Raita whereas in South Indian it is known as pachadi. The onion raita served with biryani is called the 'Vengaya Pachadi'. For the North Indian raita, the yogurt is spiced with some roasted cumin powder, red chili powder or chaat masala. In South India, chopped curry leaves, green chilies and coriander leaves are added. In Kerala, pachadi refers to a preparation where the chopped vegetable or fruit is cooked along with a paste of coconut, cumin seeds and green chilies. Finally, beaten curd is mixed with it. A seasoning os mustard seeds and curry leaves are often times added to the raita. 

Vegetable Raita and Pachadi

Onion Raita Onion Raita Cucumber Raita Cucumber Raita Yellow Squash Raita Yellow Squash Raita Baingan Raita Baingan Raita
Bhindi Raita Bhindi Raita Banana Stalk Raita Banana Stalk Raita Pacha Manga Kichadi Pacha Manga Kichadi Mango Ginger Pachadi Mango Ginger Pachadi
Cucumber Pachadi Cucumber Pachadi Beetroot Pachadi Beetroot Pachadi Pavakka Kichadi Pavakka Kichadi Zucchini Cucumber Pachadi Zucchini Cucumber Pachadi
Chow Chow Pachadi Chow Chow Pachadi Kakdichi Koshimbir Kakdichi Koshimbir (Cumcumber Raita) Palak Koshimbir (Spinach & Yogurt Salad) Palak Koshimbir Boondhi Raita Boondhi Raita
Carrot Raita Carrot Raita      

Fruit Raita and Pachadi

Kerala Style Mango Pachadi Kerala Style Mango Pachadi Pacha Manga Kichadi Pacha Manga Kichadi Mixed Fruit and Vegetable Raita Mixed Fruit & Vegetable Raita  

Post a new comment

2000 Characters left
Your name will be displayed next to your comment.
Email will NOT be displayed publicly.
Cancel       Save Comment

Comments (0)

Post Comment

 Published by on and last updated on 2023-08-02.