Grape Raita

Grape Raita


3 cups plain yogurt

1 ½ cup seedless grapes, halved

2 teaspoons ground toasted cumin

2 teaspoons sugar

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper or paprika


Tempering Oil


3 tablespoons canola oil

2 teaspoons cumin or black mustard seeds

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

6 fresh or 10 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)

¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste


Whisk the yogurt in a bowl until smooth and lightened.  Stir in the grapes, and then the cumin, sugar, and cayenne or paprika.  For the tempering oil, heat the oil with the cumin or mustard seeds in a small frying pan or kadai over medium-high heat.  Cook until the cumin seeds darken or the mustard seeds crackle, 1 to 2 minutes.  (Cover the pan if using mustard seeds; they crackle and pop.) Add the fennel seeds and curry leaves, if using, and cook oil.) Pour over the yogurt and chill well.  Just before serving, stir in the salt.