Peshwari Bread Raita

TOTAL TIME: 50 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: 30 min
Cook: 5 min
YIELD: 3 to 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut (unsweetened finely shredded coconut)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped raisins
  • 3 extra-thick slices white bread, cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter
  • 14 ounces plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons caster sugar (superfine)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown mustard seeds*
  • 1 to 2 dried red chiles
  • 10 curry leaves*
  • *Can be found at specialty Asian markets.
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Directions

This raita is thickened with yogurt-soaked white bread and flavored with nuts and raisins.
In a bowl, mix together the coconut, pistachios and raisins until well combined.

Using a small, sharp knife, slice a deep pocket horizontally in the bread disks. Stuff each bread pocket with the nut and raisin mixture.

In a bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, and pinch of salt until smooth and well combined, adding more sugar and salt to taste if necessary.

Heat the oil in a small pan over a medium heat. Add the mustard seeds and cook for 20 to 30 seconds, or until they start to pop. Caution: Keep the pan well away from your eyes and face. Be careful of the popping mustard seeds and splattering oil.

Add the dried chiles and curry leaves, and continue to cook for 20 to 30 seconds. Add the yogurt mixture, and stir well, until the mixture is well combined.

Place the stuffed bread disks into a large mixing bowl and pour the yogurt mixture over them. Give the bowl a shake to ensure that the yogurt mixture coats the bread disks, including the underside. Set the bowl aside for 30 minutes to soak, and then serve.

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