Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Carrot-Onion Dip/Carrot-Onion Raita/Carrot-Onion Tambli


The recipe that I will sharing with you all is CARROT-ONION DIP / CARROT-ONION TAMBLI. It is inspired from my MIL's recipe. But before I share the recipe, I have to share with you all a funny incident. It was during one of my Indian trips that my MIL had prepared this.  I had not seen her making it so I had no clue as to what went into this dish. During lunch time, soon after eating the first bite, I liked it so much that I not only finished what was served but also asked for a second serving. Ahh ..I still remember that lunch . It was so good that I was licking my fingers :) It was when I was washing my hands, my MIL said she had used a lot of malai/cream in it. I was like UH OH!!!.. I ate so much ..so much cream .. So much fat intake...:((



After I came back to the states, I still remembered the the awesome taste of the dip/tambli. So decided to make it but did not want to use cream. To keep it healthy, I used some fat free greek yogurt. That way I could enjoy the dip as much as I wanted and enjoy it without any guilt.




The beauty of this dish is that you can serve it a number of ways. If you keep the consistency thick, it can be served as a dip. If you make it little runny, it can be served as a Raita  acting as an accompaniment to rice. Besides using greek yogurt , I have used milk to adjust the consistency of the dip.


INGREDIENTS:
Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml
  • Carrot (grated) : 1 cup heaped
  • Onion (finely chopped) : 1/2 cup
  • Green chillies (slit lengthwise) : 3
  • Cilantro leaves  (finely chopped) : 2 tbsp
  • Ghee / Clarified butter : 1 tbsp + 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds : 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds: 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal / black gram dal : 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves : 4-5
  • Dry red chillies (broken) : 2
  • Asafoetida / hing : 1/4 tsp
  • Fat Free Greek Yogurt : 1 cup ( You can very well use thick yogurt or hung yogurt instead)
  • Milk : 1/4 cup (or as much needed to attain the desired consistency)
  • Salt and pepper as taste

PROCEDURE:
  • Keep all the ingredients ready.

  • Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a pan. When hot add the onions and the green chillies. When the onions turn translucent, add the carrots . Saute until the carrots turn soft and tender. Add some crushed pepper and salt as per taste .Once done, turn off the heat and set it aside to cool.
  • Once the carrot mixture has cooled, add the chopped cilantro to it. Add in the greek yogurt and mix well.


  • Add milk little by little until you achieve the desired consistency.

  • To prepare the tempering, heat 2 tsp of ghee. When hot, add the cumin seeds, urad dal, mustard seeds, dry red chillies and curry leaves. When the seeds start to splutter, add the asafoetida. Turn off the heat. Add this tempering to the carrot-onion-yogurt mixture.


  • Serve with toasted pita bread or as an accompaniment to rice.




27 comments:

  1. Awesome Raita Shubha. Sounds appetizingly delicious. Especially loved the tempering on top! :-)

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  2. Awesome Raita Shubha. Sounds appetizingly delicious. Especially loved the tempering on top! :-)

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    1. Ty so much Anu.. My fav is the tempering.. I like to get the crunch from the dals.. gives a great touch..

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  3. I want to eat lunch at your house! This looks so good!

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    1. You are welcome anytime:) Thanks so much for writing:)

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  4. I have a thing for little endearing real life incedents. That cute story was very affable and brought a smile to my lips. The dip marries traditional South indian flavours with the creaminess of the low calories Greek yogurt. Very nice.

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    1. Thanks so much:) I always forward to reading your comments:)

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  5. Amazing raita dear. Healthy and yummy. Lovely presentation. :)

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  6. dip sounds interesting one.. new combination too

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  7. I make the raw version and now another for me to try. Its so vibrant with the right flavors.

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  8. this reminds me of Opo(ghiya) raita I make! Color of carrot in raita looks so cool, Shubha! with a bowl of chips, it will a delicious dip! indeed! pinning!

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    1. Thanks Savita!! Will check out the opo raita recipe in your blog.. Have never made a Ghiya raita myself

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  9. What a great idea to create a tempering and cook the vegetables before adding yogurt:) Lovely version...

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    1. ty so much!! Yes i like the crunch that u get from the dals... gives it a very nice touch.. I sometimes do add tempering to salads too

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  10. carrot onion raita looks delicious.

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    1. thanks Swathi.. I am glad that u liked it

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  11. Very refreshing and delicious raitha dear:)

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  12. Raitha looks good..I just mix up everything, never cared for seasoning!! ;) yours make me to try it. Thx!!

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    1. Thanks Mahi, I am glad you liked it:)

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