Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Though I've tried a variety of raitha recipes, something with peanuts was little unusual and that intrigued me. I ended up preparing it the very next day for bisi bela bath and trust me it was simply superb and heavenly for this summer heat. It tastes too good that it could be eaten without any roti or rice preparation. 
A little information about peanuts wouldn't hurt. Despite their name, peanuts are not actually nuts, they are legumes. Peanuts contain mono unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that keep the heart healthyPeanuts are an extremely high source of plant protein. Peanuts contain high concentrations of the antioxidant polyphenols, primarily a compound called p-coumaric acid and oleic acid, that not only protect the heart but inhibit the growth of free radicals, keeping infection at bay.  Peanuts provide our body with essential vitamins, that also help in regulating metabolism, converting fat and carbohydrates into energy, and facilitating bone and tissue formation. A good source of folate, peanuts reduce the incidence of birth defects, and anemia related conditions. The number of peanuts health benefits match the number of ways it can be consumed.
Here's the recipe to yummy and healthy peanut and carrot raitha. 


Carrot (grated) - 1
Peanuts - a handful
Curd/ Yoghurt - 2 cups
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds/ Jeera- 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves- 4-5
Oil - 1 tsp


Mix the grated carrots, curd and keep it aside. In a pan, add the peanuts and toss for about 3-4 mins in medium heat without oil. In case you're using roasted peanuts then this step can be skipped. Add the roasted peanuts and required salt to the curd mixture and give it a good mix. In a small pan heat oil and add mustard and cumin. Once they crackle add the curry leaves, switch off the heat. Pour this over the curd mixture. Roasted peanut carrot raitha is ready to be served. Tastes good when chilled.  

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