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Mustard & Honey Raita

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Mustard and honey raita makes good food great!

Mustard and honey raita is one of my all time favourite raitas.

It goes with almost every British Indian restaurant (BIR) style meal.

Try this flavoursome mustard and honey raita with poppadoms or samosas and you’ll know what I’m talking about. This creamy raita is so full of bright and tangy flavours and it only takes about ten minutes to prepare.

Honey Mustard raita

The different uses for this mustard and honey raita…

The raita is also tasty used in other ways. I have used it to marinade cubed lamb and chicken for barbecues. Let the meat marinate for a couple of days for amazing results.

I have also used it instead of plain yoghurt in naan recipes. Simply substitute the mustard and coriander raita when asked for plain yoghurt and prepare to be amazed at the flavour of your fresh naans.

This recipe is different. It will make people take notice. It will leave them begging for more.

Make this raita your own…

Use this recipe and add or omit what you like. If you don’t like coriander, for example leave it out.

You can also spice it up some by adding more chillies.

If you prefer a thinner raita, stir in a drop of milk.

Forward preparation…

You can make this raita a day in advance.

No need for last minute preparation. Just store it in the fridge until ready to serve. 

Step by step photographs.

Ingredients for the raita

Get all your ingredients prepared and ready before starting.

Pounding the chillies and coriander (cilantro) in a pestle and mortar.

Lightly pound the chillies and coriander (cilantro) to release their flavours.

The whisked yoghurt, garlic and ginger paste and the pounded coriander and chillies in a mixing bowl.

Whisk the yoghurt and add the garlic and ginger paste and the chillies and coriander (cilantro).

The raita stirred together before adding the infused oil.

Stir well to combine.

Infusing mustard seeds, curry leaves and ground turmeric into oil in a pan.

Now heat the oil over a medium-high. Add the mustard seeds and when they begin to crackle add the curry leaves and turmeric. Allow to cool!

Pouring the cooled infused oil over the raita.

Pour the cooled, infused oil over the raita.

the infused oil on top of the yoghurt.

It will look like this. Now whisk it all together.

Adding lime juice to the raita.

Season with salt to taste as well as the lime juice to taste.

honey mustard raita

Your honey mustard raita will take on a delicious yellow-green glow.

Honey mustard raita on a poppadom.

Enjoy with poppadoms, samosas, seekh kebabs or whatever sound good.


If you like this mustard and honey raita, you might like to try it with one of the following…

Homemade poppadoms
Homemade Naans on the BBQ
Chicken seekh kebabs
Lamb seekh kebabs


Yield: 250ml

Honey Mustard Raita

Honey Mustard Raita
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 250ml (1 cup) Full fat plain yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbs black mustard seeds
  • 10 fresh curry leaves (optional) Don't use dried curry leaves for this recipe
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves
  • 1 green bird's eye chilli (more or less to taste), finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
  • Juice of one lime
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a bowl, whiske the the yoghurt until creamy smooth. Set aside.
  2. Pound the chilli and chopped coriander leaves a little in a pestal and mortar. Then add this with the honey and ginger and garlic paste to the whisked yoghurt.
  3. Now, in a small saucepan, pour in the two tablespoons of vegetable oil. Heat over medium heat and then add the mustard seeds. When they begin to pop, pour in your 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and the curry leaves if using.
  4. Pour the hot oil over the yoghurt mixture and whisk again so that the yogurt doesn't curdle. The raita will turn a light green colour. Check for seasoning and sprinkle with salt to taste.

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Saturday 21st of April 2012

hi dan having to watch calories so just painted the pan with oil to cook the mustard seeds worked well and was delicious

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