Tamarind Raita Recipe

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50 gms. tamarind
1/2 cup grated jaggery
3 tbsp chopped onion
1 tbsp. coriander finely chopped
1 tsp. ghee
1/2 tsp. each cumin & mustard seeds
1 tsp. red chilli powder
1/4 tsp. black salt powdered
1 tsp. cumin powder
2-3 pinches asafetida


Soak tamarind in a litre of water for an hour.
Add jaggery and mix well till dissolved.
Strain taking care not to pour in the sandy sediment.
Add onion to tamarind water.
Add all other ingredients, except seeds, ghee and asafetida.
To season, heat ghee in a small saucepan.
Add seeds and asafetida, allow to splutter.
Pour over raita and cover immediately.
Allow to cool, open and mix well.
Chill for an hour before serving.

Note: This dish forms an excellent cooler in scorching summer heat. If jaggery is not your cup of tea, just substitute with light brown sugar.

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