Apple Raita



  1. 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  2. 1 small tart apple, peeled and coarsely grated
  3. 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  4. 1 serrano chile, seeds removed, finely chopped
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  6. 1 tablespoon untoasted sesame oil or vegetable oil
  7. 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  8. 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  9. 1 garlic clove, minced


  1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together yogurt, apple, ginger, chile and salt.
  2. Warm oil in a very small skillet over medium heat.
  3. When oil is hot, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  4. Let seeds sizzle and pop, then stir in garlic and let sizzle without browning.
  5. Carefully pour hot contents of skillet into yogurt and stir together.
  6. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes, then taste and adjust seasoning.
  7. Serve at cool room temperature.
  8. (May be prepared up to several hours in advance.)