Burani Raita is a delicious Indian accompaniment made using yogurt and flavored with garlic. Check out the easy recipe to make it.
About This Recipe
While I make many Raita variations at home, this Burani raita makes a nice, cooling counterpart for any spicy Indian dishes, mostly biryanis and pulaos. It is a Hyderabadi Raita, that is served along with biryanis at every local restaurant.
Burani Raita is a creamy raita, that has a hint of raw garlic in it. We often fry the garlic before using it in raitas, but in this one, I have used raw garlic. And believe me, it gives it a fantastic flavor.
While some people use finely chopped garlic, I have used minced garlic so that it gets mixed with the yogurt properly.
Yogurt – You can either make yogurt at home or use the store-bought one. Before making the raita, just taste the yogurt. If it’s sour, do not use it otherwise it will ruin the taste.
Milk – This is optional, but milk is added to thin the raita out and also maintains the creaminess. You can also use water to adjust the consistency of the raita.
Garlic – This is the main ingredient of this raita. While we add roasted or fried garlic in some of our yogurt-based recipes, this one uses fresh raw garlic.
You can also peel the garlic and store it in the fridge for about a week in an airtight container so that it comes in handy whenever you want to whip up the raita.
Coriander & Mint Leaves – Add in some coriander and mint leaves, which will add a refreshing taste along with nice and bright green color.
Make sure you use the fresh leaves for the best taste and not the wilted ones. If the leaves have turned slightly black, avoid adding them in the raita.
Green Chilli – Adjust the amount of green chillies as per your taste.
Seasonings – To enhance the flavor a little more, season the raita with salt, red chili powder, and roasted cumin powder.
How to make Burani Raita?
Add 250 g (1 cup) yogurt in a medium sized bowl and whisk it using a wire whisk until nice and smooth.
Add ¼ cup milk to the bowl and mix well.
Now add the remaining ingredients like 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander, 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint, 1 teaspoon chopped green chili, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, ½ teaspoon red chili powder, ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder and salt to taste, and mix well.
Burani raita is ready to serve. Chill the raita for a few hours before serving.
This raita is traditionally served along with Chicken Biryani and Mutton Biryani in Hyderabad, but you can also serve it with your Vegetable Biryani and Pulavs.
This Garlic flavored Raita also tastes great with kebabs such as Seekh Kebab, Chicken Shikampuri Kebab, Dum Ke Mutton Kebab, Tunday Kebab, etc.
Pair it with your everyday meals or along with your festive meals.
It can also be served along with stuffed parathas such as Aloo Paratha, Methi Paratha, Paneer Paratha, Onion Paratha, Gobi Paratha or any other Paratha that you make at home.
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Burani Raita Recipe
- 250 grams plain yogurt
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped green chili
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
- ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
- salt to taste
- Add 250 g (1 cup) yogurt in a medium sized bowl and whisk it using a wire whisk until nice and smooth.
- Add ¼ cup milk to the bowl and mix well.
- Now add the remaining ingredients like 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander, 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint, 1 teaspoon chopped green chili, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, ½ teaspoon red chili powder, ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder, and salt to taste, and mix well.
- Chill the raita for a few hours before serving.
Looking so nice. I like this food. Great idea.
I will try this
Wow looks really delicious. I would like to try this soon :-