Savory, versatile, fruit raita .Quick and easy Indian fusion recipe . Perfect side dish for a bbq or an Indian meal.
Have you seen the Athena melons in the market? I bet you cannot miss them. They look like ginormous cantaloupes. What I like about this exceptionally sweet, fragrant musk melon is that even at its peak of ripeness, it maintains its firm texture and juicy consistency. Plus it offers aromatics of flowers and honey.
Just around the same time last year, I got one home ….true confession ….I did not know that they were called Athena melons back then….I called it a ginormous cantaloupe :). Either way, the nourishing Terrific Triple C lassi with coconut milk I made with it last year was truly delectable!
This year I decided to use the sweet musk melon in a savory fruit raita. The sweetness of the melon juxtaposes splendidly with the tangy plain Greek yogurt and the smoky cumin. The cooling raita can be served as a side dish for any bbq . It also compliments any spicy entrée and can be served with naan, chapatti bread or rice and dal.
Plus it is super easy! I used blueberries and grapes, as that is what I had at home. You may add any fruit of your choice or make it with just the Athena melon.
Athena Melon Raita
- ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt. I used fat free Kirkland Greek yogurt.
- ½ teaspoon roasted cumin seed powder
- ½ teaspoon chat masala
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- salt to taste
- 1 ½ cups cubes or balls of the peeled and seeded Athena melon
- ½ cup blueberries +grapes
- 4 fresh mint leaves cut into a chiffonade
- Hot sauce or paprika (optional)
To make the Athena Melon Raita-
- Ina bowl, whisk together the yogurt, cumin seed powder, chat masala, sugar and salt.
- Gently fold in the melon balls or cubes, grapes, blueberries and the mint.
- If using, top with a few drops or hot sauce and/or dust with paprika and serve.
Enjoy the Athena melon Raita at your bbq- I like that it is a cooling, versatile raita side dish that can be served with all kinds of cuisines! So I am taking it to Angie’s Fiesta Friday co-hosted by the lovely duo Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju.com and Sadhna @ Herbs, Spices and Tradition.
Have a fabulous long weekend!