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Basic Raita

This recipes comes from Dancer and Graphic artist Martin James. Martin, who originally comes from New Zealand, is now living with his wife and children in Copenhagen as he is currently principal Dancer with The Royal Danish Ballet. You will be able to find out more about Martin when his Biography page is published.

Being so gifted it seems unfair that Martin should also be talented in the kitchen as well but he has agreed to share some of his recipes with us which is great news.

"Biriyani / Pulao or meat dishes are in perfect harmony with a bowl of cold raita. There are many variations of the raita and the most basic recipe is given below. Be more creative and lace it with spices, herbs and greens if you may. Your creation will truly stand out on the table, for who does not love a bowl of exotically seasoned curd?"


1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
2 cups thick curds(yoghurt)
Salt to taste


  • Mix together all the above ingredients in a large bowl and chill.
  • Prepare about 1/2 an hour before serving.

Serves 6

Martin James