Sweet-Sour raita (yogurt-based side dish)

Dipti Mathur shares a sweet-sour raita (loosely translated as a yogurt side dish that accompanies a rice dish or can be eaten on its own)¬†with Greek style set yogurt. If you can get this in a store, this is what it is: it’s a much thicker and richer yogurt than the home set variety and is almost a dessert. Use any thick set yogurt in its absence.

“I love this for its sweet-sour taste”, she says.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 2 cups Greek Style Set Yogurt
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sugar
  • Oil, 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Corriander leaves, finely chopped


  1. Whisk the set yogurt in a bowl.
  2. Add the finely chopped onions.
  3. Add salt and pepper.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Add sugar and check to see it has a sweet-sour taste.
  6. Heat oil in a pan.
  7. When the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds.
  8. When the cumin seeds crackle, take off the heat and pour this mixture into the yogurt mixture.
  9. Add the corriander leaves.
  10. Mix everything in the bowl.
  11. Cover the bowl with a cling film and store in the fridge.
  12. Remove it from the fridge half an hour before serving.

Serve it along with a hot biryani, pulao or rotis and a side dish.

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