Pomegranate and Cucumber Mint Raita

I love tzatziki. It’s very easy to make, and it tastes yummy! But there are times you don’t want to have garlic breath but also have the same kick of flavours in your dip. This is based on Nigella Lawson’s refreshing raita, using Greek Yogurt and pomegranate. I use the traditional tzatziki crunchy refreshing vegetable here – cucumber, and a few leaves of mint thinly sliced. It goes really well with spicy food – it helps cool down the tongue!

Ingredients: (makes a big bowl for 2-4 people)

1 cucumber, chopped into cubes.
500g of Greek Yogurt
Pomegranate seeds (from half of the fruit)
4-5 leaves of mint, thinly sliced (If unavailable, dried mint does well too. Or mint sauce!)
Olive oil
Lemon juice
Salt

Preparation:

1. In a big bowl, salt the cucumbers. Leave for about 5 minutes, and you will see that there is pool of cucumber water at the bottom. Drain and rinse the cucumbers in a mesh strainer. Toss it about to rid of the excess water. Return to a clean bowl.
2. Add the pomegranate and mint leaves.
3. Top with yogurt, and fold. The yogurt is going to be thick, but be patient. Gradually add the olive oil until you can easily stir the mix. (I use about 50ml of olive oil usually.)
4. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and season with salt.
5. Stir again and chill in the fridge for about at least an hour before serving.

 

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