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Raita is a side dish that is served with any kind of food to cool the palate in India. It is usually prepared by mixing yogurt with some v...

Grapes and Walnut Raita

Raita is a side dish that is served with any kind of food to cool the palate in India. It is usually prepared by mixing yogurt with some vegetable or fruit.The most common type of raita that is served in restaurants are cucumber or tomato raita. Having made this too often I decided to try out something different. So, I ventured into replacing veggies with fruits and  tried  various combinations. In the end I found that grapes, especially when they are very sweet and crunchy tasted the best with yogurt. This recipe slowly evolved and I started adding nuts to it. Of all the nuts I used, walnut came out to be a clear winner. I have been making this raita more often and sometimes substituted other fruits to get a different taste. It is a simple raita but becomes delicious when it is served with the right kind of food. I served mine for dinner with mint rice, stuffed parata and spicy chili curry.If you are looking to wow your guest this easy and healthy raita might just do it. 


Measuring Spoon and Cups
Cutting Board


Fat free Sour Cream - 1/4 th cup ( if Greek style yogurt is used sour cream need not be added)
Yogurt - 1/2 cup
Grapes - 3/4 th cup cut into two halves
Walnuts - 1/4th cup (broken into smaller pieces)
Pepper - 1/4th tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Cilantro - a few strands chopped.


1. In a bowl whisk in the yogurt and sour cream. Add all powders and mix well.
2. Add grapes, walnut and cilantro and mix well with yogurt.


  1. Wow, a nice innovative and healthy raita.A great way to add fruit and nuts to our diet.

  2. Wow, adding nuts and fruits as u said really makes it a rich raita !!

  3. Nice raita dear with superb combination fruits n nuts,,woow healthy way of eating foods....thanks for sharing dear ,,take care n keep on smiling,,

  4. Woww wat a fantastic and unique raita, never heard about this..truly delicious..

  5. Wow..healthy and delicious raita...

  6. This reminds me of my mom's raitha. She adds, chopped onions, pomegranate seeds,chopped cucumber. I should try yours one day.

  7. Looks so delicious,never thought about this combo!

  8. It is more like dessert, love the idea of fruits for spicy dish!

  9. that's innovative...looks awesome

  10. What an interesting and creative raita, looks yum!

  11. Very healthy raita. Looks colorful and beautiful too.

  12. Great idea, delicious, simply love the color !!

  13. I love the sweetness of grapes with the taste of buttermilk in raita. Thanks!

  14. i tried something similar in a restaurant some years back and remember loving it!