Banana Raita

    Combining mashed and sliced banana in this memorable raita gives it an appealing silken texture.

    SERVES 4 TO 6

    2 large ripe bananas

    ВЅ teaspoon ground coriander

    Dash cayenne pepper

    Вј teaspoon salt

    1 cup plain yogurt

    1. Peel 1 of the bananas and put it into a medium bowl. Mash it thoroughly with a fork until it is a pure. Stir in the spices and salt; then stir in the yogurt until well blended.
    2. Peel the other banana and slice in half lengthwise. Slice each half into Вј-inch-thick slices and add to the yogurt mixture. Toss to blend.
    3. Spoon the raita into a serving dish and garnish with a sprinkling of cayenne pepper. Cover and chill at least 1 hour before serving.