Royal Raita with Radish and Mint

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The emperors of India used to feast on nuts so this accompaniment is great served as part of a royal banquet.


  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 35g (1 1/2 oz) unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped (optional)
  • 400g (14oz) natural yoghurt
  • 75g (3oz), radish, chopped
  • 1/2 green chilli, chopped (optional)
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Pinch of black pepper and salt, to taste
  • Pinch of sugar, to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped


  1. Heat a frying pan on a low heat, add the cumin seeds and peanuts and stir to prevent them from burning. After a few minutes they will begin to turn a golden brown colour. Remove from the heat and crush coarsely using a pestle and mortar.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, including the roasted cumin seeds and peanuts. Check the seasoning and adjust the salt, black pepper and sugar to taste. Garnish with freshly chopped mint and serve chilled.


If you prefer your dishes less spicy then deseed the chilli before chopping.