A Pakistani style Pomegranate Raita

What is Biryani or tandoori chicken without some Raita? In India and Pakistan, this is generally served to tone down the heat of the spices but I refuse to let it just have one purpose in life 😛

I think it makes for an excellent dip for your fritters or falafels and works amazingly in wraps and rolls too!

Here is a take on a Raita which you can serve with literally anything and make the dish pop out – the Pakistani style Royal Carrot, Mint, and Pomegranate Raita. 


2 cups of plain yoghurt and 1/4 cup of milk
1 small cucumber
1 red onion and 1 carrot chopped (small dice)
1 small cup pomegranate seeds
1  tomato chopped
½ deseeded green chilli chopped (optional)
1 tbsp of Coriander chopped
Crushed black salt or sea salt to taste
1 tbsp of Roasted cumin seeds
½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 tbsp of chopped plus whole mint leaves


  • Peel and seed the pomegranate.
  • Finely chop onion, cucumber, carrot and tomatoes into small cubes.
  • Add it to yoghurt with cilantro and chopped mint.
  • Mix it well with a little milk (add it to desired consistency).
  • Add the cumin and cayenne into yoghurt.
  • Mix well, then add salt before serving. If salt hangs out too long with the raita, it makes the yoghurt a bit sour.
  • Garnish with the whole mint leaves cayenne pepper powder and angel hair chilli.

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