Thursday, 25 April 2013

Pomegranate, Onion and Cucumber Raita Recipe (Dahrum, Kanda ane Kakdinu Raitu)

Good day Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

This week's recipe is Pomegranate, Onion and Cucumber Raita otherwise known as dahrum, kanda and kakdi nu raitu/raita. Dahrum means pomegranate, kanda means onions and kakdi means cucumber.

Here is the end result:
Serves 2 to 4 people (depending on how hungry you are!)

With summer firmly in the air (have I spoken too soon?), I decided something refreshing must have it's place on the menu. :) Thinking back to our childhood in Zambia, I remember the plethora of fruit trees that my grandfather had planted and nurtured for over fifty years; amongst them was a pomegranate tree. Seeing as they were only in season for a little while,
my grandmother would make the most of their arrival. Below is one of the recipes she would make with the pomegranates but the recipe was actually created in my grandfather's imagination.

Pomegranate, Onion and Cucumber Raita is a fantastic condiment to almost any Gujarati Food or in fact, any food at all! It is also great as a side dish to spicy meat recipes.

Ingredients:

Fresh seeds of half a pomegranate
1 small onion (white or red, washed and diced into relatively small cubes)
0.25 of a whole cucumber (washed and diced into relatively small cubes)
6 heaped tbsps yogurt (natural or Greek)
0.25 tsp salt
0.5 tsp paprika
0.5 tsp ground cumin seeds

Optional: 
1 heaped tbsp chopped coriander

Method:

1. Put all the ingredients into a big bowl in the order above and mix well.
2. Serve as a condiment or side salad to any dish you desire.

So there you have it, Pomegranate, Onion and Cucumber Raita! Enjoy and let me know how yours turns out!

‘Til next week, friends! …
Bon app├ętit!

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