Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mooli Raita (Radish with Yogurt)

" Yogurt is my favorite , give me yogurt and I can stay in any corner of the world. Me and DH go on long road trips every year and we first stop to buy yogurt. If my relatives know that I am visiting them, they make sure that there is enough yogurt. 

Indians make their yogurt at home. It tastes so drastically different in taste and texture from the store bought yogurt you find here in the US. When I landed here for the first time, I asked my hubby if he knows someone who prepares yogurt at home. Fortunately, he had some Gujarati friends who gave me my first starter for homemade yogurt.Yogurt is called Dahi ,curds in India. 

I can't stand the taste or smell of milk, but at the same time can't live without yogurt. Whenever I visit our farm back in India or my granny's house where there are lot of cows, I am super thrilled about having farm fresh curds, buttermilk the whole day.Reminds me, how much I miss those wonderful times. 

I come from a part of Karnataka(my state in India), where we make different types of yogurt dishes - called majjige huli, hasi, tambli etc.If you know Kannada you would understand it. We even make raita of hibiscus flower. 

radish raita

Daikon can be smelly vegetable, and I hardly can tolerate the smell.But if you find baby bunch radishes
ever in your farmers market, grab on to them.They smell much better than the big ones. Since this is easy to prepare, I make this just and hour before serving. Once you mix in the yogurt,you can hardly tell the smell when you are eating. This can be eaten with rice, parathas or as a side."

Here is a link on how to make yogurt at home from fellow blogger Kulsum @ Journey Kitchen.


  • 2 cups grated radish (white radish)
  • 3/4 cup chopped red onions 
  • 1 green chilli 
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander 
  • 1.5 cups yogurt 
  • Salt to taste
For the tempering: 
  • 1 tspn oil 
  • 1/2 tspn mustard seeds
  • 4-5 curry leaves 

  • Put the grated radish , chopped onions , chopped green chillies and coriander in a bowl. 
  • Mix in the yogurt. If you are using store brought yogurt, beat it for a few seconds and a little bit of water and mix it in. The store brought yogurt is very thick and hence you need to thin it a little bit. 
  • Heat the oil in a small pan. When it hot, add the mustard seeds. When they start spluttering, add the curry leaves. Put this tadka into the yogurt mixture.
  • Add salt to taste.



  1. I share your obsession of yogurt. I even have a post on the blog about how to make yogurt at home :-) Can't live without it! I pretty much make mooli raita like this and sometimes switch it up with shredded beetroot too! Good job with the pictures.

  2. I wanted to write more , lest i look crazy !!! Even i make beetroot raita ...btw i have read ur post on yogurt making, Although i make it old style

  3. @SouthIndianHome thanks for stopping by and for the comments.

  4. I love yogurt too and never drink milk :D This would be a great raita to try. I like radish .. so this is something i should definitely try :)

  5. @kankana Really??? Good to know ... so many people love yogurt :)

  6. i know how to make yogurt with a machine in little jars. how do you make it homemade? i really like your raita recipe.

  7. @square kitchen I had a Indian yogurt starter ,from a friend, and it is very rare that you get that yogurt unless you know someone Indian. I will post the link though to one of my fellow bloggers who has written a post on how to make yogurt at home. You can still use the plain yogurt that you make in ur machine , works absolutely fine.

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  9. @square kitchen

  10. Thanks for your lovely words at my space....loved your recipes and clicks....esp the 1st click of carrot pudding...
    Raitha looks wonderful and tempting..Never had raita with radish before...

  11. @Reshmi Mahesh Thanks for stopping by and for ur wonderful comments. Do let me know how it turns out.

  12. Hi, your recipe looks so yummy. I love radishes but actually I've never tasted with yogurt, I believe the combination is delicious!

  13. @Blo

    Yeah it is and its healthy too. Thanks for stopping by:)

  14. Cant agree more on how good homemade dahi is! I love mooli raita too.One of my aunts introduced it to me- she does a tempering similar to yours!

  15. First time here....
    i love raita's , it makes us easy to eat our veggies raw :)

    mooli raita looks healthy and delicious

    U have a wonderful space, glad to follow u .


  16. Yummy recipe. Could you write the hibiscus raita recipe please?