Palak Raita

An effortless recipe rich in calcium and iron, spinach and curd raita is a must-have to restore energy and improve vitality. Read more.

By Dr. Lakshmi K
05 Apr 2020

Spinach is available all year round but is in season during the spring (March – June). It is well known for its nutritional qualities and has always been regarded as a plant with remarkable abilities to restore energy, increase vitality and improve the quality of the blood. There are sound reasons why spinach would produce such results, primarily the fact that it is rich in iron. Iron plays a central role in the function of red blood cells which help in transporting oxygen around the body, in energy production and DNA synthesis.


The dark green colour of spinach leaves indicates they contain high levels of chlorophyll and health promoting carotenoids (beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin). These phyto chemicals have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties, and are important for healthy eyesight, preventing macular degeneration and cataract.


Spinach is also an excellent source of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and folate as well as being a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron and Vitamin B2. Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health and it is difficult to find vegetables richer in Vitamin K than spinach.


Palak Raita - Full Recipe

  • 2
  • 260
    K calories
  • 15
  • 3/10

Easy Steps


Heat oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds and allow it to crackle.


Add the chopped spinach and sauté it on a high flame until it becomes soft and most of the water is evaporated.


Set the pan aside and let the spinach cool down.


In a bowl, whisk yoghurt, cumin powder, red chilli powder, black pepper and salt.

Ingredients List
  • Yoghurt: 2 cups
  • Finely chopped spinach leaves: 2 cups
  • Red chilli powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Roasted cumin powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar: 1/2 tsp optional
  • Coarsely pounded peppercorns: 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste

Now fold in the cooled spinach into the yoghurt.


Refrigerate for 2 hours or serve as it is with hot parathas.

Nutritive Value
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Protein: 18g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Fibre: 12g


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