- ACTIVE: 15 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 15 MIN
- SERVINGS: Makes 2 cups of raita
A simple, cooling yogurt dip, raita is delicious with the peppery version of the crisp lentil-flour wafers called pappadams (or any spicy food) sold at every Indian market.
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 20 large black-pepper pappadams
- Whisk the yogurt in a bowl. Stir in the tomatoes, cilantro and cayenne and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
- Preheat the broiler. Set 1 pappadam in the center of a baking sheet as close to the heat as possible and broil with the oven door open until the pappadam begins to puff, about 5 seconds. Pull the baking sheet out of the oven and turn the pappadam 180 degrees. Return to the oven for about 3 seconds longer, or until the pappadam is dimpled and puffed. Transfer the pappadam to a wire rack and repeat with the remaining pappadams. Serve with the raita.
Make Ahead The pappadams can be baked up to 1 hour ahead.