Boondi Raita

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Boondi Raita (Boondi Ka Raita, Dahi Bundi) is a healthy and delicious North Indian accompaniment made using yogurt and boondi (small fried balls made of chickpea flour). This raita comes together in under 5 minutes and pairs very well with Indian meals (vegetarian).

Boondi raita served in a bowl.
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About Boondi Raita

Dahi Boondi Raita (Boondi Ka Raita, Dahi Bundi) is a North Indian accompaniment made using yogurt (dahi, curd), boondi, and spices.

Wondering what are Boondi (Bundi)? Boond in Hindi means water droplets. Boondi are fried gram flour balls that are tiny, round, and spherical, just like water droplets, hence the name.

Boondi Raita is a great side dish to include in your everyday meals or serve with your festive meals or on special occasions.

Besides Cucumber Raita and Tomato Onion Raita, boondi ka raita is also one of my favorites. I love experimenting with raita recipes and have compiled a list of 20+ Raita Recipes. Do check them out as well.

This boondi raita recipe is vegetarian and can be easily doubled or tripled.

Here are some more of my favorite raita recipes

Ingredients

Boondi raita ingredients

Yogurt and Milk – Use whole, skim, or low-fat plain yogurt (dahi, curd) and milk; it’s up to you. You can also use plant-based milk and yogurt to make vegan raita.

You can replace plain yogurt with Greek yogurt if you have that handy.

Boondi – Boondi are crispy deep-fried chickpea flour balls (gram flour balls, Besan balls). They come in 2 varieties.

  1. Plain Boondi
  2. Masala Boondi or Khara Boondi

While the plain boondi are used to make raita, salted boondi are served as a tea-time snack.

You can source plain boondi from Indian grocery stores or check online at Amazon.

Others – To spice up this boondi raita, you will need – green chilies, salt, roasted cumin powder, mint powder, fennel powder (saunf powder), and red chili powder.

Adjust the green chilies and chili powder as per your taste.

Mint powder and fennel powder are optional but give a very refreshing taste to the raita.

Make Mint Powder and Roasted Cumin Powder at home using my easy recipes. They are much more flavorful and economical than the store-bought ones.

You can also replace the mint powder with chopped mint leaves.

Add some chopped onions to make onion boondi raita.

To spice up the raita, add some spice powders like Chaat Masala Powder, black pepper powder, and black salt.

How To Make Boondi Raita

Soak ½ cup plain boondi in warm water (NOT HOT) for 30-40 seconds.

Boondi are deep-fried and contain excess oil. Soaking them helps eliminate that excess oil, making them non-oily. Soaking also removes the smell of stale oil, if there is any.

When the boondi are soaked well, they swell in size and become super soft.

Note – Do not oversoak the boondi; they will become mushy and disintegrate. Use warm (NOT HOT) water to soak the boondi.

Tip – If you like crispy, crunchy boondi in your raita, then make the raita without soaking it. Whisk the yogurt with spices and add boondi to the spiced yogurt just before serving.

Boondi soaked in water.

Squeeze the boondi lightly between your palms and remove any extra water from them.

Discard the water and set the boondi aside.

Boondi squeezed in between the palm.

Whisk 1 cup chilled plain yogurt in a bowl until smooth and creamy.

Yogurt whisked until smooth and creamy.

Add the boondi to the yogurt.

Boondi added to the yogurt.

Add

  • ½ cup chilled milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped green chilies
  • ¼ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon mint powder (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel powder (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder

to the yogurt and mix well.

Note – Some people do not mix yogurt with milk as per their Ayurvedic beliefs. In that case, you can replace chilled milk with chilled water.

Note – Adjust the green chilies and red chili powder to your taste.

Check for salt and add more if required. Mix well. You can also add a little sugar if the yogurt tastes tangy. It will balance the tanginess.

If you like thinner raita, add more milk or water to thin it down.

Remaining ingredients added to the bowl.

Dahi Boondi Raita is ready to serve.

Transfer it to the serving bowl and garnish it with chopped cilantro (fresh coriander leaves), some crispy Boondi, and a sprinkle of chili powder.

Serve it chilled or at room temperature along with your North Indian meals.

Ready boondi raita.

Pro Tips By Neha

Boondi smells funny when kept for a long time since its oil gets spoiled. Make sure to check it before adding it to the raita.

Store the boondi in the refrigerator after opening the packet to increase its shelf life.

Whisk the yogurt using a balloon wire whisk. It makes it smooth and creamy.

Increase or decrease green chilies and red chili 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. Keep in mind that the raita will thicken with time as the boondi will absorb the liquid.

To make this boondi raita recipe vegan, use vegan yogurt and milk

This recipe can be easily halved, doubled, or tripled.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make boondi ka raita with tempering?

You can give a tempering to the simple boondi raita and make a new version. I have a Burani Raita recipe on the blog, which uses a tempering of garlic, but you can also temper it with cumin seeds, mustard seeds, asafetida, and dry red chilies. You can also add curry leaves to the tempering.

Serving Suggestions

Boondi ka raita can be served with an everyday Indian meal of Toor Dal, Rice, Aloo Gobi Sabji, and Roti.

You can also serve it with stuffed parathas like Aloo Paratha, Gobi Paratha, Paneer Paratha, or Gujarati Thepla.

It also tastes great with rice recipes like Veg Biryani, Chicken Biryani, and Peas Pulao.

Storage Suggestions

Boondi raita stays good in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Do not freeze it because dairy products do not freeze well, and their texture changes when thawed.

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Boondi Raita (Boondi Ka Raita) is a healthy and delicious North Indian accompaniment made using yogurt and boondi (small fried balls made of chickpea flour). This raita comes together in under 5 minutes and pairs very well with Indian meals. Here is how to make it.
4.91 from 10 votes

Easy Indian Dahi Boondi Raita Recipe

Dahi Boondi Raita (Boondi Ka Raita, Dahi Bundi) is a healthy and delicious North Indian accompaniment made using yogurt and boondi (small fried balls made of chickpea flour). This raita comes together in under 5 minutes and pairs very well with Indian meals. Here is how to make it.
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup plain boondi
  • 1 cup chilled plain yogurt (whole, skim, or low fat)
  • ½ cup chilled milk (whole, skim, or low fat or chilled water)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped green chilies (or adjust as per your taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon mint powder (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel powder (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (or adjust as per your taste)
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Instructions 

  • Soak boondi in slightly warm water (NOT HOT) for 30-40 seconds.
  • Note – Do not oversoak the boondi otherwise they will become mushy and disintegrate. Use warm (NOT HOT) water to soak the boondi.
  • Tip – If you like crispy boondi in your raita, then make the raita without soaking them. Whisk the yogurt with spices and add boondi to the spiced yogurt just before serving.
  • Squeeze the boondi lightly between your palms and remove any extra water from them. Discard the water and set the boondi aside.
  • Whisk plain yogurt in a bowl until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the boondi to the yogurt.
  • Add milk, salt, green chilies, roasted cumin powder, mint powder, fennel powder, and red chili powder to the yogurt and mix well.
  • Note – Some people do not mix yogurt with milk as per their Ayurvedic beliefs. In that case, you can replace chilled milk with chilled water.
  • Check for salt and add more if required. Mix well. You can also add a little sugar if the yogurt is tangy in taste. It will balance the tanginess.
  • If you like thinner raita, then add some more milk or water to thin it down.
  • Dahi Boondi Raita is ready to serve. Transfer it to the serving bowl and garnish it with chopped cilantro (coriander), some crispy Boondi, and a sprinkle of chili powder.
  • Serve it chilled or at room temperature along with your North Indian meals.

Video

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Notes

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 to the raita.
Store the boondi in the refrigerator after opening the packet to increase its shelf life.
Whisk the yogurt using a balloon wire whisk. It makes it smooth and creamy.
Increase or decrease green chilies and red chili 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. Keep in mind that the raita will thicken with time as the boondi will absorb the liquid.
To make this boondi raita recipe vegan, use vegan yogurt and milk
This recipe can be easily halved, doubled, or tripled.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 54mg, Potassium: 364mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 160IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 122mg, Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This is the first and only time I have been captivated by boondi raita. You needed to know thi, hence I stopped to email you. This is just very very good. God bless you and your efforts.