Bathua Raita (Lambsquarter Raita)

  • 240 ml (1 cup) Yoghurt
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) bathua
  • 1 tsp. roasted cumin seeds*, coarsely ground
  • Salt to taste. (black salt is commonly used but has many reported cases of fluoride poisoning associated. Not recommeded.)
  • Red chillie powder to taste
  • You can add 1-2 chopped green chillies. In this case , reduce red chillies
  • *Dry fry/roast cumin seeds on a frying pan or wok, without using oil.

  1. Boil bathua or steam in a microwave steamer for 4 minutes.
  2. Cool and mash with fingers. Do not make a paste, it's leafy texture looks and tastes better.
  3. Beat the yoghurt with a fork.
  4. Add salt, chillie and ground cumin to yoghurt and mix.
  5. Add bathua and mix well. If it is too thick add a little milk and mix it again.
  6. Sprinkle a little cumin and chillie on top, as a garnish.
Serve chilled.