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Spinach raita

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Spinach raita

Side Serves 3 10 min
Try this clean, lightly flavoured sauce with dal and rice for a quick an healthy Indian-style vegetarian supper. By adjusting its thickness (add more spinach) you can also have this as a dip with crudités or pitta, or as part of a sandwich filling.


  • 1 tsp mustard seed (black)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 300g spinach, washed and stems removed
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 440ml yoghurt
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 5 min
  • Step 1

    'Dry fry' mustard and cumin seeds in a frying pan until they pop. Remove from heat.
  • Step 2

    Blanch spinach quickly in boiling water, refresh, drain and squeeze out excess water. Chop spinach finely.
  • Step 3

    Add garlic, spinach, lemon zest and juice, spices, and salt and pepper to the yoghurt.
  • Step 4

    This is a good accompaniment to most curries (apparently our national dish nowadays) or with grilled lamb/chicken and saffron rice.

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