Spinach Raita (Palak Raita)

Spinach Raita (Palak Raita)
I adore raitas. If you’re a regular reader or become one, you’ll figure this out. It will be obvious from how much I sing their praises or simply just from the sheer amount of raita dishes I will be posting.

Here are my current raita recipes:

Spinach Raita (Palak Raita)
Gradually, I’ll be adding two more: Okra Raita and Potato (Aloo) Raita. Today however, I will bring one more delicious cold side to the table: Palak Raita. If you’ve seen my Palak Paneer post, you will know that the word palak basically means “spinach” and the gist of the dish very simply put, is spinach in yogurt. However, that is not all there is to it. As is characteristic with anything in Indian cuisine, there are also spices involved. The result is a creamy spiced spinach side dish, a perfect cooling companion for any fiery hot meat-based main dish.
Spinach Raita (Palak Raita)

Spinach Raita (Palak Raita)

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 packet frozen spinach / 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach, cooked down and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt to taste


  1. Follow the instructions on the packet of frozen spinach by heating it up in the microwave or cook down fresh spinach in a saucepan just by itself
  2. Over medium high heat, saute mustard seeds until they start to crackle
  3. Add in cumin powder, garlic, ginger and green chili stirring to combine
  4. Toss in spinach and salt to taste and mix thoroughly
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool down
  6. Whip the yogurt and add 1/4 cup water or milk to dilute it
  7. Add the spinach mixture to the yogurt and stir to mix
  8. Sprinkle with chili powder and stir
  9. Refrigerate and serve chilled



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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Nagalakshmi V
    July 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    i love spinach and i love raita. what a great way to combine the two!

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