We are so used to eating sweet yogurt in this country that we as parents sometimes forget that we can make savory flavored yogurt and feed our kids veggies. Here’s a kid friendly version of the Indian Raita that will get your child eating yogurt and veggies.
I find that grating the veggies instead of cutting it makes it easier for children to eat the yogurt. It has something to do with the texture when vegetables are grated. I often replace the cucumber in this recipe with carrots or zucchini or beetroot. Sometimes, I even toss all the above veggies in together to make things more exciting.
Here’s the Recipe:
1 cup plain yogurt ( I used home made yogurt)
1 cup coarsely grated cucumber
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon cumin powder
Salt to taste
1) Grate the cucumber coarsely leaving the skin on. The skin contains a lot of fiber, which is one of the essential nutrients for healthy children.
2) Put the yogurt in the bowl. Add the grated cucumber.
3) Add the water to dilute it. This is optional. If you want to keep the consistency on the thicker side then don’t add any water.
4) Add cumin powder and salt to taste.
The Verdict: Simone and her friends always seem to eat savory yogurt in this form without fail. I notice sometimes that her friends do not necessarily eat plain yogurt (as they would prefer the fruit flavored yogurt) but in this form, the kids really seem to dig it!
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