Boondi Raita is a healthy and delicious accompaniment made with yogurt and small fried balls made of chickpea flour and it goes very well with Indian meals. Here is how to make Boondi ka Raita Recipe at home.
I grew up eating elaborate lunches on a daily basis which included a dal, two dry sabzies, a few variety of chutneys, papad, roti, rice and a raita. The dinner used to be light and had just one curry and roties.
The dal, dry sabzies and raitas which were made daily had a lot of variations and the same type was repeated only after 15 days or so. The variations, however small made the meals interesting and we looked forward to what was on the menu.
Keeping up to the tradition, I also try to do some variation in my everyday cooking and my best bets are Dals and Raita. Some days it’s Bhindi Raita and on another day it’s Beetroot Raita. You can also try Tomato Onion Raita, Mooli Raita, Kairi ka Raita,or Kaddu Raita.
For today, I am sharing this super easy to make Boondi Raita.
What is Raita?
Raita is an Indian accompaniment made using yogurt as the base ingredient. It is whisked until smooth and then flavoured with various ingredients. There are variety of raita recipe in Indian cuisine and it is an everyday fare at most Indian homes.
What is Boondi?
Boondi is small pearls of Chickpea flour which are deep fried in oil till crispy and crunchy. When added in yogurt, these soak up the liquid and becomes soft. Boondi is available in most Indian stores and it comes in variety of flavors like mint, masala, etc.
I prefer to use plain boondi to make Raita and add the masalas in the yogurt. You can choose whichever flavor of boondi you like to make Boondi ka Raita.
Tips to make best Boondi Raita
Whisk the yogurt using a balloon whisk. It make it smooth and creamy.
Soak the boondi in hot water for 5 minutes to get rid of excess oil before adding it in the yogurt.
Boondi smells funny when kept for a long time since the oil in it gets spoiled over time. Make sure to check it before adding it in the raita.
Increase or decrease green chillies and red chilli powder according to your taste.
Adjust the consistency of the raita according to your liking. I like my raita thick but some people like it thin and runny. Take your call on this.
Boondi Raita Recipe with Tadka
You can add a tempering to the simple boondi raita and make a totally new version. I have a Boondi Burani Raita recipe on the blog which uses a tadka of garlic but you can also do a tempering of cumin seeds, mustard seeds, hing and dry red red chillies. You can also add curry leaves to the tadka.
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How to make Boondi Raita Step by Step
Take yogurt in a bowl.
Whisk until smooth.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Boondi ka Raita Recipe
Boondi Raita is a healthy and delicious accompaniment made with yogurt and small fried balls made of chickpea flour and it goes very well with Indian meals. Here is how to make Boondi ka Raita at home.
- 1 cup Yogurt
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 1/2 cup Boondi
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp Green Chilli Chopped
- 1/4 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
- 1/4 tsp Mint Powder
- 1/4 tsp Fennel Powder
- 1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder
Whisk the yogurt till smooth.
Add milk and mix well.
Add boondi, green chilli, salt, roasted cumin powder, dry mint powder, fennel powder and red chilli powder and mix well.
Transfer the raita in the serving bowl.
Garnish with fresh coriander.
Here is how to make Dry Mint Powder
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