Raita is a simple side dish made with yogurt/curd, vegetables, fruits, spices and fresh herbs. It is served mainly as a accompaniment to biryanis, pulaos and spicy curries. It also tastes best with chaats and can be eaten plain too.

Pomegranate Raita is very simple, delicious and can be done in a jiffy by using fresh pomegranate. It is cooling, refreshing, sweet and colourful. I have also made this raita using pomegranate juice however, I love doing it this way. Go ahead and play with any choice of vegetables.

Refreshing, colourful and easy to prepare pomegranate raita enjoyed plain or with any accompaniment of your choice.

prep time : 10 mins, cuisine : Indian, serves : 6-8, author : Gloria


1 cup yogurt/curd

1 whole pomegranate

1 tbsp tomato chopped

1 tbsp cucumber chopped

3 big mint leaves chopped

1 green chilli minced

½ tsp cumin powder (roasted)

¼ tsp black salt powder (optional)

salt to taste


Cut the pomegranate into half. Gently tap the halves with a knife to loosen seeds. Place it in a bowl.

Whisk curd/yogurt till smooth.

Combine all other ingredients and add the spices to the pomegranate arils. Give a mix.

Season to taste.

Garnish and serve immediately or chill for later use.


My observations/notes:

  • for roasted cumin : toss cumin seeds in a small pan till fragrant on low heat. Cool and grind in a mortar pestle.
  • can also add pomegrante juice into this raita if required.
  • I have placed little of this raita in a bowl for photo representation purpose only.


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