An Indian Thali ,it be from any part of India,is a perfect example of balance. Not only is it balanced nutritionally,but also has a perfect balance in taste and texture. And a very humble ,yet inevitable component of any thali is the salad or raita ,made with chopped vegetables and yogurt ,and many a times made with fruits like pineapple or boondi( a savoury item , made with gram flour). The raita not only balances out the spice from the curries ,but also adds a fresh crunch! And for those struggling with weighty issues, our indian raitas are a best bet! Add a katori of raita to your meal , and you are full. That will take care of your appetite and your extra calorie intake , as it shall prevent you from feasting on that extra roti. And its healthy and low fat too, especially when you make it with onions,tomatoes , cucumbers and carrots and a low fat yogurt. Khamang Kakadi is a traditional marathi raita or koshimbir ,made with Cucumbers and yogurt and tempered with oil/ghee. It used to be my motivation to come to dinner table ,when there used to be not so favourite subjis like patta gobis or lauki’s.