Summers can be brutal. During this harsh season, detoxifying or cleansing your body becomes as important as cleaning your face (read makeup) before hitting the bed. In a battle to have healthy mind and body in today’s life, it is important to maintain a healthy, balanced diet that comprises all the food groups like carbs (whole grains, seasonal veggies and fruits), proteins (eggs, chicken, tofu and soya), and various other essential minerals and vitamins. Drinking enough water and summer coolers like jaljeera, nimbu pani, chaas and lassi may also help you flush out toxins from your body. However, your body needs a good amount of nutrition from foods and drinks but without bloating you up.
There are various ways of adding up nutrients to our body – one is by making right choices in food and second is by choosing right combination of foods. One such easy-on-tummy and much-loved dish is raita.
Raita is a curd-based condiment, which is one of the most popular dishes of Indian cuisine. No Indian food lover can imagine eating dal chawal, kebabs, khichdi or biryani without raita. Making raita is one of the easiest things to do. It all depends on the kind of curd you use to make raita. You may use Greek yogurt to prepare your raita to have that perfect creamy texture.
Alpa Modi, Mumbai-based YouTuber, has shared two healthy palak raita recipes on her channel ‘Something’s Cooking With Alpa’. In this raita recipe, Alpa has added palak to it to give it a healthier twist. Palak, or spinach, is full of beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein and chlorophyll – all of these components are known to boost your immune system. Moreover, the green veggie provides us with the required levels of magnesium that our body needs to generate energy for daily chores.
So, without further ado, here are two healthy palak raita recipes that you can make at home to beat the heat and stay energised.