Today is Dhanteras, the first day of the 5 day Diwali festival! On this day, a puja is done in honor of Goddess Lakshmi, to provide well being and prosperity. In our household, we usually hold the puja in the evenings, however, since my dad is coming home from India, we decided to do it in the morning.
Pomegranates are in season so I decided to make a raita for the Dhanteras dinner tonight! I love pomegranates for its sweetness and slight tartness. Pair it up with some mint and it’s heavenly. Raita is perfect to have when having Indian food since it cools you down from any spicy dishes you’re consuming.
Trust me when I say that this raita is DELICIOUS! It’s minty, it’s sweet, it’s tangy, it’s smokey, it’s just an explosion of flavors!
- 1.5 cups yoghurt (I used “Desi style full fat” yoghurt)
- 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
- 1 tsp chaat masala*
- 1 tsp red chili powder, or to taste
- 1.5 tbsp onion, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp mint, finely chopped
- 2/3 cups pomegranate seeds, plus more for garnish
- salt, to taste
- pinch of ground pepper, fresh, if possible
- Whisk the yoghurt in a bowl until it’s smooth
- Add all the ingredients, stir to combine
- Adjust seasoning, according to your taste.
- Cover with cling wrap and place in the fridge for an hour, to chill
- Serve cold!