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boondi raita recipe

spiced boondi raita recipe – cucumber raitaonion-tomato raita and boondi raita are three of the most sought after raitas in indian cuisine. its strange but true, that i don’t have much raita recipes on the blog.

i make raitas almost everyday in summers and somehow i am not able to take pics and update on the blog.


boondi are tiny fried gram flour balls. they are very easy to make at home or otherwise they are available in most grocery or sweets shops. they are salted and crisp.

boondi are often served with chaat recipes and in jaljeera or mixed in the pani (spiced water) of the pani puri. the unsalted boondi goes in the making of boondi ladoo or motichoor ladoo.

boondi raita

these crisp tiny balls (boondi) are first soaked in warm water. as a result, they swell a little in size and become so soft. their enire crispiness is lost. they are squeezed of the excess water and then added to the spiced yogurt. so you have a spiced yogurt with the soft boondi melting in your mouth.

boondi raita is very easy to make. you can serve it with any north indian dish. but mostly boondi raita goes very well with rice dishes like biryani or pulao and they actually pep them more.

i served the boondi raita with biryani rice/kuska rice along with a muslim style aubergine/brinjal curry. i have used cashew yogurt to make it but you can use normal curd also.

when hard pressed for time, you can just have the boondi raita with some steamed basmati rice along with a side veg salad.

recipe of boondi raita

if you are looking for more raita recipes then do check fruit raita, pomegranate raita, bhindi raita, vegetable raita and pineapple raita.

boondi raita recipe details below:

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boondi raita
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boondi raita - a north indian raita made with spiced yogurt and boondi - crisp fried gram flour balls.
Recipe type: side
Cuisine: indian
Serves: 2-3
  • ½ cup boondi
  • 1 cup curd - vegan or dairy
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • ½ tsp saunf powder/fennel powder
  • ½ tsp bhuna jeera powder/roasted cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp chopped mint leaves
  • a few mint leaves for garnish
  • black salt or rock salt as required
  1. first warm water in a pan on stove top or in the microwave.
  2. add the boondi in the warm water and let them get soaked for 15-20 minutes.
  3. drain this water and lightly press the boondi in your palms, to squeeze the water from them.
  4. don't mash them up.
  5. whisk the yogurt in a bowl.
  6. add all the dry spice powders, chopped mint leaves, including salt.
  7. stir well.
  8. add the boondi and mix.
  9. garnish boondi raita with mint leaves.
  10. the boondi raita can be served cold or at room temperature. they go well with biryani or pulao or any rich based dishes like jeera rice.
if the yogurt is thick, then whisk with some water to make a slightly thin consistency.

the spice powders can be adjusted as per your taste.

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  1. bushra says

    Today i prepared boondis at home, because i could not find where i live.they ve turned out quite good. i wanted to store some to be used later. should i refrigrate them.

  2. Raju P.M. says

    Namaskara Dasanna,this is raju from Dubai,received ur recipes,please send me more of veg.dishes because we r PURE vegetarians.we r settled in margao goa,i belive u r also in goa,please send mewhere exactly u r,so that we will make sure to visit ur restaurant to taste ur specialities,thanks Dasanna once again,waiting for ur new recipes,namaskar.

    • says

      namaskar raju ji. thanks. we don’t have any restaurant in goa. you can browse the indian vegetarian recipes on the blog in your free time. there are many of them. if looking for a particular recipe than search with the word like ‘dal’ ‘paneer” etc on google search bar on the top left corner. or look for categories in the side bar.

  3. suhani says

    hey r u..the raita looks so good..what rice is served in the it yakhni pulav..looks delicious..

    • says

      how are you suhani. the rice served in the pic is biryani rice. it is spiced rice that goes very well with any north indian or mughlai curries, hyderabadi curries and even dal tadka. its often called as biryani rice or biryani chawal. in the south its called as khuska/kuska rice which means “khusk” translating to dry in english. there are many variations. this recipe is made with whole garam masala and shahjeera along with mint. its different in taste than jeera rice or yakhni pilaf.

  4. says

    Boondi raita is my daughter’s favourite. If there is a vegetable that she is refusing to eat, I just have to offer her raita and she polishes off the meal.
    Love the clicks and your presentation :-)