Beet Cashew Raita

This beet raita is stunning in appearance and tasty on its own. It also makes a great accompaniment to grilled fish. 

makes 6 cups

ingredients

3 medium beets or 1 large (~¾  lb)

½ cup cashews, toasted & chopped

2 cups yogurt, plain whole milk

2 tsp cumin, toasted & ground

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt

2 tsp ginger purée 

1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp black mustard seeds

    instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Wrap beets in foil & bake for ~75 minutes or until fork tender. 
       
    2. Refrigerate the beets for 4-6 hrs. Peel & chop into 1/2 inch cubes & set aside.
       
    3. Take a dry skillet & toast seeds on low-medium heat, moving seeds frequently as not to burn them. Takes roughly 4-5 minutes. Remove from skillet & grind using spice grinder or mortar & pestle.
       
    4. In a large bowl whisk the cumin, black pepper & salt into the yogurt. Gently fold the beets, cashews, ginger, cilantro & lemon juice. 
       
    5. Heat the oil in a small sauce pan & pop the mustard seeds. Immediately pour the oil & seeds over the yogurt & fold together. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 

    ideas & variations

    • If you don’t have a spice grinder or are totally overwhelmed by the idea of toasting seeds, you can use pre-ground cumin. But we highly encourage you to give it a try! Toasting and grinding them yourself gives the dish unbelievable flavor.