Pink Guava Raita
Ingredients: 1 pink guava, 1 stalk of spring onion, ½ tsp red chilli powder, salt to taste, 100 gm yoghurt, ¼ tsp fennel powder.
Directions: Peel the guava and chop it into small pieces. Rub the pieces with salt and red chilli powder and set aside. Finely chop the spring onion stalk and discard the leaves. Beat the yoghurt with a fork till smooth and mix the guava and spring onion into this. Sprinkle some fennel seed powder on top, refrigerate and serve chilled.
Significance: Pink guava is preferred as it has more water and less sugar as compared to white guava. The colour is because of antioxidants such as carotenoids and polyphenols, which are beneficial for immunity. Guava provides soluble fibre, which aids in bowel movements, and sugar and cholesterol control. Guava also provides Vitamin C and iron.
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Dr Manisha Talim