Thursday, June 11, 2015

Roasted Kiwi Raita: Summer Dip: Side for Rice Dishes

Long sunny days are what I am seeing in London these days, not that I am complaining. Infact we both are enjoying every bit of it. Evening walk by the river, flowers in the house and then did this barbeque in the balcony on Sunday. Isn't it a great idea of use and throw disposable barbecue kits? Once the paneer tikka was done on bbq the coals were still warm and burning and thus I decided to roast fruits on it. I only had kiwi in the fridge and with no further thoughts I smoked it on leftover heat of charcoal.

Roasting is a simple that gives you elegant results. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness from fruits which just intensifies the taste to another level. Once the kiwis were roasted I had no idea what to do with. I wanted to something nice with it but had very little time in hand. While Mr. Husband was preparing simple pulav that day for dinner, it was then it struck me to put together burnt kiwis and yogurt and craft riata.

Looking for more roasting recipes? Check these out:
Fennel Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Riata is condiment made with yogurt (dahi) used either as a side or dip. It can be made with or without fruits and vegetables and is then seasoned with simple spices. Roasted Kiwi Riata is no exceptional, it is just a mix of roasted kiwis, mint leaves, salt and sugar. There is no thumb rule that you have to follow in this recipe, you can use black salt, chaat massala, red chilli powder, chopped green chillies or roasted cumin powder as well. Make it as per your taste but if you roasted kiwis the riata will taste just amazing.

Another great thing about this riata is that it super healthy and can be paired with anything. Serve as dip for nachos, chips or crackers. Serve in pita pockets with kebabs or potato patties. Great side for rice dishes such as  methi mutter pulavbasic biryani, corn rice or mixed capsicum rice.

Author: Shweta Agrwal
Cusine: Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi

1 cup yogurt
3 kiwis
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon mint leaves chopped

Method: Roast kiwis on fire directly. Else line a baking sheet with foil. Grill in the oven at 200C for 10 minutes. The skin of kiwis should turn dark and pulp should be soft. Let it cool down. Peel the skin.
In the blender put yogurt, kiwi pulp, salt and sugar. Blend into smooth paste.
Garnish with mint leaves. Serve.

I used low fat yogurt, but feel free to you use any.
If you like spicy dips, feel free to add black pepper powder or chopped green chillies.

Serving suggestions:
This is a dip, so goes well with nachos, crackers, chips or biscuits.
I like to sometimes have it as a side with mixed vegetable paratha, bombay tava pulav or baked potato wedges.
To complete the meal you can use this with salad and vegetable kebabs in pita pockets.


  1. this is a lovely idea of making raita using roasted fruit

  2. Lovely.. it can be eaten like a raita or a dip.

  3. Girl, seems like you and I are on the same kick today! I made kiwi lassi today —kiwi and yogurt!! ;) This roasted kiwi raita looks astounding and so YUMMY! Gotta try this soon! :)

  4. wow...roasting kiwi is a new idea,looks delicious...yummy raitha !!

  5. Looks really yummy raita. I love kiwi and definitely I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing the recipe !!

  6. Wow!!...Never thought of making raita with kiwi...Definitely going to give a try:)

  7. innovative recipe.. the dip looks delicious.. beautiful clicks..


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