Kiwi Raita is a refreshing, mildly sweet, tangy, and spicy raita loaded with all the goodness of kiwi fruit. It is made with kiwifruit, chilled yogurt, herbs, and some spices.
When paired with Indian side dishes or main course, this chilled and flavourful kiwi raita balances the spicy and hot flavors by giving it overall a surprising twist.
This raita has the cooling and refreshness of kiwifruit, the warmth of spices, the sharpness of herbs, and the richness of creamy chilled yogurt. What’s there not to love about a great tasting exhilarating condiment Kiwi Raita?
The wonderful thing about this kiwi raita is that it is super versatile and can be coupled with other fruits and vegetables such as mangoes, pomegranate, boiled potatoes, or onions. Also, customizing the seasoning is very simple here. Do you need anything else in a yogurt dip?
What is Raita?
Raita is a yogurt-based condiment or dip generally made with yogurt (dahi/curd), some spices, herbs.
Basically, this Indian accompaniment ‘Raita’ is a mix of seasoned yogurt vegetables, fruits, or fried puffs (boondi), depending upon the raita recipe you are planning to make.
Raita in general is considered super healthy, soothing, exhilarating, and cooling. That is why it complements beautifully with Indian spicy meals. Because this Indian yogurt dip ‘Raita’ is well known for its cooling properties, it is typically served to cool down the heat of spicy recipes.
Raita per se is a versatile dish and one can use diverse ingredients like cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, carrots, radish, grapes, potatoes, pineapple, mangoes, to make raita.
For any raita recipe, you can either use cooked/raw vegetables, fruits, dry fruits, or even crispy namkeens. Raita making options are limitless — you just need to open up your creative wings. Plus, you can easily customize the seasonings in any raita.
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What is Kiwi Raita?
Kiwi Raita is a refreshingly delicious fruit-based flavourful yogurt side dish.
This Indian yogurt concoction kiwi raita is creamy, rich, fruity, cooling, flavorful, healthy, and bursting with juicy goodness of kiwi fruits. It can surely add an extra zing by complementing the existing flavor of any of your side dishes like , or .
When you mingle luscious kiwi chunks with the seasoned whisked yogurt, herbs, and some additional sweeteners, you get the most delicately and flavourful balanced side dish that has all the right kind of spiciness, sweetness, and tanginess.
This Kiwi Raita:
✓ can also be served as a snack.
✓ goes well with almost everything.
✓ goes well with any spicy side dish.
✓ helps to beat the spicy heat of meals.
✓ is gluten-free and low carb.
✓ is no-cook and takes only 5 minutes.
✓ is very light on the stomach.
✓ is cooling, refreshing, and energizing.
✓ is easy to customize.
✓ tastes awesomely delicious on its own.
Below are some Health benefits of consuming Kiwi Raita:
✓ contains healthy bacteria.
✓ is rich in potassium and vitamin C.
✓ improves and aids in digestion.
✓ is fiber and protein-rich.
✓ has immunity boosting properties.
What are the ingredients needed to make Kiwi Raita?
This very simple and delightful kiwi raita can quickly be made with very few ingredients which are easily available in any kitchen. These ingredients are:
Black or regular Salt
Chilled plain yogurt
Honey or sugar (optional)
Peeled and diced kiwi
Roasted cumin powder
How to Make Kiwi Raita?
Similar to other raita recipes, this Kiwi Raita is also super simple and easy to make. This is how you make Kiwi raita in only 3 steps.
Step 1: Whisk yogurt with milk or water. Season it and whisk.
Step 2: Add kiwis and stir well.
Step 3: Garnish and serve.
> You can get the full written detailed recipe and the Kiwi Raita Recipe video in the recipe box on this page.
Variations to Kiwi Raita:
You can combine any of the below ingredients to your Kiwi Raita:
Any type of berries
Can I add the tempering to the Kiwi Raita recipe?
Yes, you can surely do that. To perform tempering, heat about 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a frying or tadka pan. Add mustard seeds, some curry leaves, and 1 dried red chili. Let the seeds splutter for a few seconds and then pour them over chilled kiwi raita.
How to serve Kiwi Raita?
Kiwi Raita can be served as a side dish or with the main course. Here are some kiwi raita serving options.
Here are some Meal ideas to pair Kiwi Raita:
Meal idea 6: Kiwi Raita, and Restaurant Style Vegetable Biryani
How to store Kiwi Raita?
Kiwi Raita stays fresh for a few hours when kept in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. So make sure to consume this raita within 3-4 hours, or it might curdle and turn slightly bitter. Another way to prevent it is to simply stir the kiwis into the seasoned yogurt just before serving.
If you want to use raita the next day, then only season the yogurt, and refrigerate it covered. When you want to serve, add kiwis and stir.
What type of yogurt is best for making Kiwi Raita?
A thick variety of yogurt makes a rich and creamy texture to the raitas. So I generally use thick yogurt and thin it out using milk or water.
You can also use regular plain low-fat yogurt. If the yogurt you are using is thin, then instead of 1 cup of yogurt use 1(½) cups of yogurt and skip the milk/water part.
No matter which yogurt you are using, ensure that you use the fresh yogurt (dahi/curd) which is not too sour.
Important tips, tricks, and variations to make the best tasting Kiwi Raita each time:
Feel free to adjust the amount of seasoning.
If you want spicier raita, then you can also add freshly chopped green chilies to it.
Black salt adds a nice flavor to this raita, but if you don’t have black salt, then you can also use pink or regular salt.
Chaat masala powder can also be added to this raita.
Use chilled kiwis, chilled yogurt, and chilled milk for making this raita.
I have added some red chili flakes to this raita, but you can completely omit this if this is too hot for your taste buds.
Adding some sweetener heightens the flavor of this mildly sweet, tangy, and spicy raita. If you are not so fond of sweet raitas, then you can omit the sweetener part.
For an intense herby flavor, blend the yogurt with herbs like mint and coriander. For blending yogurt you can either use a hand blender or a food processor.
I used chopped coriander leaves in this raita, but you can also use the mint leaves or the combination of both the herbs.
To make a vegan version of kiwi raita, swap plain yogurt with coconut yogurt, and milk with coconut water or coconut milk.
Ripe kiwis add a subtle sweetness to this raita, you make sure to use the ripe kiwis for this recipe.
I have diced kiwis, but you can also finely chop them.
Raita only tastes great when they are served chilled. That means make sure to keep raita in the refrigerator all the time, and don’t leave it to rest at the kitchen counter.
Make certain to add the roasted cumin powder for that extra nutty flavor. If you don’t have roasted cumin powder at home, then you can simply make your own powder. If you want to know how to make roasted cumin powder, then here’s the recipe of Roasted Cumin Powder.
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Kiwi Raita (Step-by-step photo instructions)
How to Make Kiwi Raita:
- In a mixing bowl, whisk the yogurt and milk until the yogurt is smooth.
- Next, add salt, black pepper, roasted cumin powder, chopped coriander leaves, chili flakes, and whisk until well combined. Add sweetener (if using) and mix again.
- After that, fold in the diced kiwis until combined. Refrigerate or serve immediately.
- To serve, transfer raita to serving dish.
- Top with kiwis, cilantro mint leaves, and sprinkle with some chili flakes.
- Serve it as a side with biryani or roti, sabji, dal and chawal. Or serve as a dip for your snacks.