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I wrote this recipe originally to put in my first book, A Little Taste of India, but I made the decision to leave it out because I felt it was too ‘simple’ to charge people money for.

The plan was for me to blog it at the same time I released the book, but I never got around to it. Then last week Tandoori Chicken was chosen as the peoples choice recipe, and I knew I had to finally share this awesome raita with you all.

It’s a lot more nutritious than your usual raita, thanks to the addition of spinach. Its also really delicious! Give it a go for your next Indian feast and I am sure you’ll love it. 

Love Nik xx

Palak Raita

skinnymixer's Palak Raita

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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 86kcal


  • 5 g fresh ginger - peeled, small rough cut
  • 1 garlic clove - peeled
  • 30 g olive oil
  • 100 g English spinach - thinly sliced
  • 400 g plain Greek yoghurt
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp dried coriander - ground
  • ½ tsp dried cumin - ground
  • ½ tsp dried paprika - ground


  • Set a full kettle of water to boil.
  • In the mean time, add ginger and garlic to mixer bowl; chop for 3 sec/speed 9/MC on. Scrape bowl down.
  • Add olive oil and cook for 3 min/100°C or 212°F/speed 1/MC off.
  • While this is cooking, put your sliced spinach in a colander and over the sink carefully pour your boiling water over it to blanch. Drain excess water off thoroughly.
  • Add spinach to mixer bowl. Cook for 3 min/100°C or 212°F/speed 1/MC off. Put bowl in fridge for 15 mins to cool.
  • Add remaining ingredients and combine for 5 sec/speed 3/MC off.
  • Pour raita into serving bowl and refrigerate for at least half an hour before serving.


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Serving: 50g | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.4g | Protein: 2.1g | Fat: 6.6g | Saturated Fat: 2.7g | Sodium: 189mg | Sugar: 4.2g



  1. Oh!!!!! WE LOVE THIS!!!! So much so I had to put it in capitals! I think it would be perfect on everything, toast, a spoon, anything!
    We always pair it with the Tandoori Chicken.

  2. What a delicious Raita. I was surprised by the spinach, it really adds something. I halved the recipe as my husband does not like yogurt condiments and it worked out well. I also used jarred ginger and garlic instead of fresh and it is still delish.

  3. Once again Nikalene’s recipes have brought rave reviews served with tandoori chicken (Skinnymixer’s of course and( Lailah’s Garlic, spinach and cheese naan bread…yum yum yum

  4. Well this has to be one of the best things I have ever tasted.

    Hidden away in here is a cracker of a recipe.

    Must admit when I first looked at it I wasn’t sure it seemed a bit of a waste of time I mean what could it add to a meal really?

    Well I’m ready to eat my words along with big mouthfuls of chicken tikka and this delicious raita

  5. This is SO yum! I could seriously eat it by the spoonful. Mmm mmm!!! Perfect to go with tandoori chicken. Or for breakfast…ha!

  6. Once again another amazing recipe NIK to go with your Tandoori Chick (or anything lol).
    I have made it with Coconut Yoghurt and Normal Greek Yoghurt and both were awesome

  7. This is a lovely raita, it feels warmer than the more common cool and refreshing cucumber raita.
    It has a lovely tang to it, and the spice mix gives just the right amount of flavour
    I made this to serve alongside the tandoori chicken, and it can easily be used as a side dish to accompany especially hot curries to soothe burning tastebuds 😉

  8. I have no idea how you come up with all of these incredible healthy thermomix recipes! The raita and tandoori were sensational xx

  9. OMG nikalene you’ve done it again! This is so delicious and it goes so well with the tandoori chicken!! Winner again! Glad to have 3 more portions of paste in the freezer!

  10. I made this to go with your tandoori chicken and it was amazing!!! Such delicious flavour! I only had enough yoghurt for a half batch so I left out the spinach because it was only a small amount. Next time I’m making sure I have enough yoghurt for the whole thing! Just beautiful 🙂

  11. I made this Riata to accompany our butter chicken and Naan etc over the weekend. It was a last minute addition to our meal and I had no english spinach so i subbed it for a rather large handful of fresh mint leaves from my garden (minus the blanching and cooking stage for the spinach) and it was delightful!

  12. I served this with some wraps and lamb koftas and it was really lovely. Wonderful flavours and I can’t wait to try it with the tandoori chicken it was planned for later in the week!

  13. This was soo good, nice to have something other than the traditional raita. Tasted even better the next day 🙂

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