Pomegranate Raita (Anar Raita) is a refreshing Indian accompaniment where yogurt is mixed with pomegranate juice, pomegranate arils, green chilies, and spice powders. This sweet and spicy raita is easy to make and comes together in 10 minutes. Here is how to make it.
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About This Recipe
Pomegranate Raita (Anar Ka Raita or Anardana Raita) is an easy and fruity Indian accompaniment made with yogurt, pomegranate juice, pomegranate arils, green chilies, cilantro, and a few spices.
It has a sweet spicy flavor with a lovely pink hue from the pomegranate juice. Apart from being refreshing and delicious, it is also very healthy.
Serve this anar raita as a side dish with your everyday meals or as a dip with Indian snacks.
Health Benefits Of Pomegranates
Pomegranate is one of those fruits that are loaded with necessary nutrients that are very beneficial to our body and provide us with immense benefits.
- It has anti inflammatory properties that helps in chronic inflammation that may lead to serious diseases.
- It is very rich in iron and improves blood haemoglobin.
- Pomegranate can help fight certain types of cancer such as prostate cancer and breast cancer.
- Regular consumption of pomegranate arils can also help in lowering blood pressure.
- It is also considered very beneficial for arthritis and joint pains.
- It helps in curing bacterial and fungal infections.
- Lowers the risk of heart disease.
Yogurt – Use plain yogurt to make the raita. To make it vegan, you can use any vegan yogurt.
Pomegranate – You will need pomegranate arils and pomegranate juice to make pomegranate raita.
I have described the process to take out the arils from pomegranate and how to make juice out of them in the post below. Do read.
Spice powders – This raita is lightly spiced with red chili powder and roasted cumin powder. Make roasted cumin powder at home for the best flavor.
Others – You will also need green chilies, cilantro (coriander), salt, and sugar. Adjust green chilies and red chili powder as per your taste.
You can also add boiled and cubed potatoes, chopped or grated cucumber, chopped onions, or grated carrots to make a variation of anar ka raita.
How To Make Pomegranate Raita
Whisk 1 cup chilled plain yogurt in a bowl until creamy and smooth.
Add ¼ cup chilled pomegranate juice, salt to taste, ½ teaspoon sugar, ¼ teaspoon roasted cumin powder, ¼ teaspoon red chili powder, 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro (coriander) and ½ teaspoon chopped green chilies and mix well.
Add ½ cup pomegranate arils and mix again.
Frequently Asked Questions
Taking out pomegranate arils from the fruit is an easy process, but the juice could permanently stain your clothes and the chopping board. Use an old chopping board and wear something you wouldn’t mind a few stains on.
Wash the pomegranates and wipe using a kitchen towel.
Cut the pomegranates into half horizontally.
Now keep a large bowl on the counter and hold one half of the pomegranate with the cut side down.
Beat the pomegranate using something heavy all over. I used my rolling pin. You can also use a meat tenderizer.
The arils will start to fall in the bowl.
If some of the arils are still remaining in the pomegranate, take them out using your fingers.
Transfer the arils to the large jar of a high-speed blender.
Pulse for 3-4 seconds until the arils are crushed but the hard seeds are intact.
Sieve the juice through a soup strainer. Keep stirring the juice with a rubber spatula.
Press the pulp while sieving.
I would not recommend adding canned juice, as it will change the taste of raita. Fresh pomegranate juice makes it taste delicious.
Pomegranate raita tastes delicious with your everyday meal of dal, sabzi, and roti. It tastes great along with a simple plate of dal rice as well.
It is also a great dip to serve with your Indian snacks.
You can also serve it with thepla or stuffed parathas for breakfast.
Anar Raita can be stored for about a day in a clean air-tight container in the refrigerator. Freezing is not recommended!
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Pomegranate Raita Recipe
- 1 cup chilled plain yogurt
- ¼ cup pomegranate juice
- salt to taste
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
- ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
- ½ teaspoon chopped green chilies
- ½ cup pomegranate arils
- Whisk yogurt in a bowl until creamy and smooth.
- Add pomegranate juice, salt, sugar, roasted cumin powder, red chili powder, cilantro, and green chilies, and mix well.
- Add pomegranate arils and mix again.
- Serve chilled.