Friday, February 27, 2015

Palak Raita

Most of us Indians are familiar with the word “raita” but to my surprise, I recently found out that “palak raita” as such is new to some of them. Hence I thought of sharing this side-dish with you all. This is not only easy to prepare but also tastes good with any rice dishes such as pulao, biryani, fried rice or even puliogare to name a few. It's also a good accompaniment to any rotis, phulkas or parathas.

If interested, you can check my other palak (spinach) dishes -  Palak Patradau and Dill and Spinach Curry.



Palak (Spinach) A small bunch
Curd (thick) 1 cup
Salt As per taste
For Tempering:

Oil 1-2 tsps
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Cummin seeds 1 tsp
Fenugreek (methi) seeds 1 tsp
Dry red chilly 1-2


  1. Pick and wash the fresh palak (spinach). Roughly chop them into chunks. If using steamer, steam them for about 12 mins or if cooking in water, ( use very little water as it leaves its own water) cook till they are wilted.
  2. In the meantime, beat or whisk the curds well and keep it aside.
  3. When the steamed (or boiled) spinach has cooled down, pour the beaten curds over it.
  4. Then add salt and prepare the tempering - Heat oil in the tempering pan and add all the ingredients mentioned under it. When it stops spluttering, switch off the flame and pour the contents on to the spinach and curd mix.
  5. Mix well and it is ready to be served.

Main ingredients
Spinach chopped 
Chopped spinach in steamer
Just removed from the steamer
Curd beaten and kept aside
Beaten curd poured over the steamed spinach

Tempering under process

Tempering added to the above mix
Palak Raita ready to be served

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking time : 15 mins
Seves : 2-3 persons

  • I used one red chilly for tempering. You can use more as per your taste.
  • Curd used should not be sour.
  • Ideal side-dish during the summers.
  • It tastes good when served chilled.


  1. This is completely new to me, but as a huge fan of spinach, I know I would love this.

  2. New for me but I love it. Have many other types of raita but not with spinach. Thank you. There's always yoghurt and the rest of the ingredients at home. Except buying spinach which is quite affordable.

  3. great .,.with..chappathi

  4. Oh my, this looks so good. I think I may even end up eating this on its own as a snack. :)

  5. This raita is one of my fav..can enjoy th white rice along vth sum spicy fry combo..

  6. This is such a healthy home the kidos will love having palak this way,thanks for inspiring :-)

  7. this raita looks so delicious, Shobha! I would love to try it soon!

  8. Sounds fabulous and so healthy. Your step by step tutorials are helpful.

  9. Very healthy and refreshing raitha:)It's one of my favourites:)

  10. Easy and comforting raita:-)

  11. So interesting since I have never heard of this! Looks like a very good healthy side dish that could go with so many meals.

  12. Very healthy and yummy raita. Lovely combination spinach and curd.

  13. This looks so good! I would love some of this right now!

  14. Lovely capture Shobha akka absolutely yummy !

  15. It looks yummy. Very nice and healthy raita :)