A simple, easy Indian condiment made mainly of mango, yogurt, and simple spices to be the ideal side dish for any Indian main dish or a soothing dessert on a sunny day!
What is mango raita?
Mango Raita, also known as Aam ka Raita is a refreshing, yogurt-based Indian condiment. Raita is a regular in Indian meals and goes well with rice dishes, naan, or any main dish. It is not uncommon to lose track of food intake with raita on the side! While Raita is typically made with yogurt as the main ingredient and flavored with spices, we often stir it up with different fruits and vegetables.
Mango, the undisputed king of sweet-tasting fruits is the perfect partner in crime that makes raita irresistible, with spices moderating between Mango’s sweetness and yogurt’s calming effect. Mango pulp and chunks take care of the rest, by adding rich texture to creamy whisked yogurt.
Mango raita is:
Easy to make with staple ingredients
Quick to make with little to no cooking skills required
Versatile – can be served as a side dish, dip, snack, dessert or breakfast dish.
Amazingly refreshing, especially in summer
One of the best and easy Indian raita recipes
Ingredients you will need:
Yogurt: You will need fresh and thick yogurt in order to get a better taste and consistency. Ensure that yogurt is not sour.
Mango Puree: It adds great color and flavor to the raita but you can skip it if you don’t have it handy. I have used fresh pulp here
Mango Chunks: Do not skip adding cubed mangoes as they add chunky texture and sweetness to the dish. You will need ripe ones.
Cumin Powder: As this is a sweet-savory kind of raita, adding cumin powder will definitely enhance the flavor. I have used roasted cumin powder.
Red Chilli Powder: A little bit of red chilli powder adds a savory touch and makes a huge difference, as the perfect moderator between Mango and yogurt. It can be replaced with cayenne pepper or pepper powder.
Herbs: I haven’t added any herbs in the raita except garnishing with few leaves of cilantro. If you love cilantro or mint in your raita, feel free to add them.
Sugar: The quantity of sugar completely depends on the sweetness of the fruit you are using. You may need less, more, or nothing. You can swap sugar with coconut sugar, maple syrup, jaggery, or honey.
What kind of mangoes can be used?
Any type of ripe, sweet, and non-fibrous ones would work best. Make sure it is ripe and sweet.
Can I use greek yogurt?
Absolutely! Greet Yogurt was our go-to when we lived in Europe. You may need add a little bit of water to adjust the consistency though.
Can I use frozen mango cubes?
No! You want the cubes to taste great and feel fresh. The key ingredient is fresh mango.
Can I use frozen or canned mango pulp?
Yes, you can! If you don’t have fresh pulp/puree in hand, you can substitute it with frozen or canned pulp. Skip adding sugar if you are opting for canned pulp. The sweetness of the canned pulp is enough. However, adding mango puree is totally optional, you can skip it if you want.
How to make it vegan?
Use any of your favorite plant-based yogurt to make it vegan.
It requires refrigeration to prevent the yogurt turning sour. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Mango raita is one of those dishes that can be served as a condiment or dessert.
Serve it along with any Indian main course such as biryani, pulao, or parathas. Or simply serve it chilled as a dessert or snack on a sunny afternoon.
Below are few dishes with which mango raita goes really well.
- Tomato Rice
- Carrot Paratha
- Kasuri Methi Paratha
- Green Chutney Pulao
- Millet Methi Pulao
- Lemon Quinoa
- Quinoa Upma
Step by step instructions:
Combine yogurt, sugar, cumin powder, chilli powder, salt and mango puree(if using) in a mixing bowl.
Whisk well until it is smooth, creamy, and well combined.
Add chopped mango pieces to the yogurt mix.
Gently mix everything together and chill it in the refrigerator if needed.
Few more summer recipes on the blog:
Mango Raita Recipe
- 1 Cup Yogurt
- 1 Teaspoon Sugar
- ½ Teaspoon Roasted Cumin Powder
- ⅓ Cup Mango Pulp (optional)
- ½ Teaspoon Salt or to taste
- ¼ Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder or cayyene pepper
- 1 Cup Mango Cubes
- Cilantro for garnishing
- Combine yogurt, sugar, salt, chilli powder, cumin powder and mango pulp in a bowl and whisk everything until smooth.
- Add cubed mangoes to it and gently mix.
- Serve it chilled.
Nutrition values are estimates only.