Apr 092016

Spinach Raita is a cool and refreshing yogurt-based Indian dip combining spiced spinach with fresh yogurt. You can serve chunky Palak Raita as a healthy dip with crackers or tortilla chips. Regardless of how you serve it, palak ka raita tastes just so delicious.

spinach raita recipe

Spinach Raita

Spinach yogurt dip is very simple to put together and tastes really great. It’s one of those raita recipes that everyone just devours until the whole bowl is cleaned out. Spinach dip with fresh veggie sticks is so yum!

Spinach with yogurt delivers quite a nutritious punch. The goodness of leafy green spinach combined with refreshingly healthy yogurt is just sublime.

palak raita recipe

Palak ka raita made by blending yogurt and spinach is a wholesome vegetable dip recipe that pairs well with biryani, pulao or fried rice. Slather thick and creamy garlic spinach raita over bread or have it with chips. Enjoy your weekends with yummy finger foods and healthy dips.

Indian Spinach Raita Recipe Step By Step:

Dahi palak is a wonderfully healthy Indian raita recipe. Spinach in yogurt is the perfect cooling side dish to serve with hot and spicy main course dishes. Palak dahi raita is a great way to combine greens with yogurt! 

How to make palak spinach raita:

To make Indian style spinach dip, wash the spinach several times. Pick the leaves and discard the thick stems.

spinach leaves for easy spinach dip recipe

Heat water in a pan, add a pinch of salt and bring it to a boil. Add the spinach leaves and boil for 2 minutes.

blanch palak for dahi palak recipe

Remove palak with a slotted spoon and dunk in chilled water. Strain and keep aside. You will get approximately ½ cup boiled palak.

boiled palak for dahi ka raita recipe

Finely chop garlic and green chilli. Toast sesame seeds and keep aside.

Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan and season with cumin and half the roasted sesame seeds. Sauté for a couple of seconds.

tempering for Indian spinach raita recipe

Add the chopped garlic and sauté till it starts to brown.

Next add the chopped chilli and spinach. Sauté for half a minute.

saute spinach and chiili for yogurt spinach dip recipe

Sprinkle turmeric, salt and roasted cumin powder. Combine well.

add seasoning to spinach for Indian raita recipe

Fry till all the moisture dries up.

stir-fry palak for raitha recipe

Turn off gas and cool the spiced spinach.

Meanwhile, take a mixing bowl. Add ½ cup thick fresh curd and a pinch of salt. Whisk well.

whisk curd for spinach curd raita recipe

Add the cooled palak mixture to beaten yogurt.

blend spinach and yogurt for raita yogurt sauce recipe

Blend all the ingredients.

palak dahi raita recipe

Sprinkle roasted sesame seeds and chilli flakes on top. Refrigerate spinach yogurt raita before serving (if you keep palak raita out for long, the spinach turns limp). Palak raita tastes better the longer it’s allowed to chill.

spinach yogurt dip recipe

Serve tasty and nutritious Palak Raita chilled with steamed rice and dal for a simple vegetarian meal! Alternatively, have spinach dahi raita as an accompaniment with rice dishes like Jeera Pulao or Vegetable Pilaf.

spinach yogurt raita recipe

If you are looking for more Indian dip recipes, do try out Onion Yogurt Dip and Avocado Guacamole.

Spinach Yogurt Recipe details below:

Spinach Raita Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Spinach yogurt is a delightful contrast of colours and flavours. Dark green spiced spinach gently enveloped with fresh white creamy yogurt is a sight to behold. Raita with spinach goes well with toasted bread or crackers too. Learn how to prepare spinach curd raita.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Punjabi
Servings: 3
Calories: 66 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Spinach – 1 ½ cups packed
  • Curd – ½ cup
  • Salt - 1/8 tsp
For Tempering:
  • Green chilli – 1 chopped
  • Garlic – 1 tsp minced
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Salt - 1/8 tsp
  • Roasted sesame seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Chilli flakes – ¼ tsp
  • Roasted sesame seeds – ¼ tsp
  1. Wash palak thoroughly and remove the thick stems.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a pan to which a pinch of salt is added. Add the palak leaves and bring to a boil once again. After 2 minutes, remove the spinach leaves with a slotted spoon and refresh in cold water. Strain the palak, chop and keep aside. (This will yield about ½ cup boiled spinach).
  3. Chop garlic and green chilli. Toast sesame seeds and set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai on medium heat. Add cumin seeds and ¼ tsp roasted sesame seeds. Sauté for a few seconds.
  5. Add finely chopped garlic. Sauté for a minute or two till the garlic browns.
  6. Add chopped green chilli and chopped palak. Sauté for 30 seconds.
  7. Add turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and salt. Mix well and stir-fry till the moisture evaporates.
  8. Turn off the stove and cool the palak mixture.
  9. In a mixing bowl, add salt to fresh curd and mix well.
  10. Once the spinach cools down, blend it with the yogurt.
  11. Garnish with chili flakes and toasted sesame seeds.
  12. Refrigerate and serve Spinach Raita chilled as side dish with flavoured Indian rice dishes or Indian flatbread.
Recipe Notes

*You can use dry red chilli instead of green chilli.
*Refrigerate the raita till serving time or the spinach tends to go limp.
*To dilute the raita, add a little water or milk.


Spinach Raita – Punjabi Palak Dahi Raita | Indian Yogurt Spinach Dip
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