Guavas are all time favorites to just munch with salt and spice. Guava raitha is an amazing recipe and equally tasty. Whenever we speak about guavas, we are always reminded of the big guava tree we had at home. We used to get around 300 guavas a day and all of them were big, yellow and sweet. It was because of this that amma started making everything possible with guavas, right from jams to this raitha. We really miss the guava tree, had to chop it down because of some disease it had developed. This recipe is dedicated to the Guava tree which had a special place in our childhood and has a special place in our hearts even today, and forever..
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Preparation time: 10 mins
Fully ripe, yellow and strong on the outer Guava 1
(Doraga unde jaamapandu)
Well beaten curds 1 cup
Ghee 1 tsp
Red chilli 1
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Black gram(urad dal/uddi pappu) 1 tsp
Curry leaves 4-5
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Cumin powder 1 ½ tsp
Sugar to taste (optional)
Salt to taste
Finely chopped coriander to garnish
Grated fresh coconut(optional)
Cut the guava into two halves and scoop out all the pulp including the seeds. Now cut the outer crust into cubes.
In a vessel take the beaten curds. It is important that the curd has no lumps. Add the guava cubes. Sometimes the guavas may be semi ripened or not fully ripened. In such a case sugar to taste can be added to the curds while beating the curds.
Sprinkle red chilli powder, cumin powder and salt to taste and mix well.
In a kadai/pan add the ghee(refined cooking oil if ghee is unavailable). Once hot add mustard seeds and once they splutter add the black gram, red chilli and curry leaves. Add this seasoning to the Raitha.
Garnish with fresh and finely chopped coriander and grated fresh coconut(optional). Sweet and salty Guava raitha is ready.
Guava raitha goes well with any kind of flavoured rice or Indian breads. This is the recipe to make with pulaos/biryanis and surprise guests.