Palak Raita – Spinach Yogurt Sauce

palak raita - spinach yogurt dip

Palak Raita or Spinach Yogurt Sauce/Dip is one of those quick little Pakistani / Indian Condiments that I never thought I would be making with such regularity.

Growing up, Spinach was one of my nemesis, and no matter how much that Popeye cartoon was forced onto me, I just never really gave Spinach a chance. Until one fine day my mom made this beautiful Spinach Raita that I now love and crave. I love pairing this raita with Qeema bhara parathas, and Pulao rice, and now that I am trying to eat healthier, I like to use it as a dip for almost every snack I am having. But to be fair, it literally pairs with everything. Tortillas, Mac n Cheese balls, and fried fish, these are just a few things I could thing of at the moment!

It’s the easiest, most South Asian thing to add to your menu. Plus not really spicy (unlike our other foods).

The steps are literally almost one liner explanations but I’ll throw in a few pictures for you guys to see the process.


palak raita - spinach yogurt dip

This recipe uses 2 cups of fresh, chopped spinach. But if you are like me, and you blanch your spinach to use ahead, you can use 3 tbsp of blanched spinach. 

palak raita - spinach yogurt dip

Start with cooking the chopped spinach at medium flame. The spinach will cook in its own water and reduce to..well…a few tablespoons.

palak raita - spinach yogurt dip

While your spinach cools down, whisk your yogurt with pepper, salt, roasted cumin powder and some red chili flakes. Also add water to thin out the yogurt.

palak raita - spinach yogurt dip

Add in your cooked spinach and mix it up. Adjust the thickness of your Raita at this point by adding more water if needed. And now we move on to my favorite part!


This spinach raita is topped with a tarka (tempered spices).

The spices I use for this Tarka are mustard seeds, cumin seeds, whole red chilies and chopped garlic. All these spices are fried in a few tablespoons of olive oil at medium flame. When the garlic turns golden brown, turn off the flame and pour the hot oil and spices all over the spinach yogurt. The sizzling sound that you get when the oil hits the yogurt, is what I live for people!! And you are done! It is THAT easy! Beware, your kitchen is going to smell enticing and there is no turning back now, all there is left to do is to DIG IN!

palak raita - spinach yogurt dip

Go ahead and try it at home. You can refrigerate it, in the fridge it keeps well for up to a week.

Palak raita – Spinach yogurt dip

Spinach Yogurt Dip (Palak Raita)

Spinach Yogurt Dip (Palak Raita)

Yield: 2 cups of dips.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This is a form of yogurt dip made with blanched chopped spinach and spices, topped with tempered spices,and garlic in ghee/oil



  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 cups of chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin seed powder


  • 6 to 7 tbsp of oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds (saabit zeera)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds (rye dana)
  • 3 to 4 whole red chilies


  1. In a bowl, whisk yogurt until smooth.
  2. Add salt, black pepper powder, cumin powder, chili flakes and water. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In a small frying pan, add chopped spinach and cook in it own water at low to medium flame
  4. When the water from the spinach dries, turn off the heat and let it cool down. Then add the spinach to the yogurt and mix well.
  5. In the same frying pan add oil and all the spices for tempering or Tarka. Fry the spices in the oil at medium flame, till the garlic turns golden brown.
  6. Pour the bubbling hot oil onto the spinach yogurt directly. Stir slightly and serve


The yogurt sauce can be eaten directly and tastes best at room temperature.

It can be stored in the fridge for about a week.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1210Total Fat: 105gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 90gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 1613mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 15gSugar: 27gProtein: 28g

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2 years ago

This one’s my personal favorite.
It’s Easy ,Yummy and Quick.
Also not forgetting that this one’s has health benefits as well.

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