Raita is a good, cooling accompaniment to hot and spicy foods.
- 1 1/4 cups plain yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 carrot, peeled and grated
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
- 2 tablespoons golden raisins
Put yogurt in a bowl and mix with fork until smooth. Mix in sugar, salt, cayenne pepper and carrot.
Heat oil in a small pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add the cumin and mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to pop, add the raisins and stir a few seconds, until plump. Remove from heat. Add the mixture to the yogurt and stir. Transfer to a plastic container and keep chilled until ready to use.