spiced boondi raita recipe with step by step photos – cucumber raita, onion 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 every day 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 like dahi bhalla or dahi vada or added 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 recipe. they are also used in making fried snacks like kara boondi and mixture recipe.
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 entire 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 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.
- ½ cup plain salted boondi
- 1 cup curd (yogurt) - vegan or dairy
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon chaat masala
- ½ teaspoon saunf powder (fennel powder) - optional
- ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
- ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
- 2 to 3 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves) or mint leaves
- a few coriander leaves or mint leaves for garnish
- black salt or rock salt as required
- first warm water in a pan on stove top or in the microwave.
- add the boondi in the warm water and let them get soaked for 9 to 12 minutes.
- drain this water and lightly press the boondi in your palms, to squeeze the water from them. don't mash them up.
making boondi raita
- whisk the curd in a bowl.
- add the boondi and mix.
- add all the dry spice powders, chopped mint leaves/coriander leaves, including salt. stir the raita well.
- garnish the raita with mint leaves or coriander leaves.
- 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.
preparation to make boondi raita
1. first warm water in a pan on stove top or in the microwave. take the warm water in a bowl.
2. add the boondi in the warm water.
3. allow them to get soaked for 9 to 12 minutes. cover the bowl with a lid.
4. meanwhile, whisk the curd/yogurt in a bowl till smooth.
5. drain the water from the soaked boondis.
making boondi raita
6. lightly press the boondi in your palms, to squeeze the excess water from them. don’t mash them up. add the boondi to the whisked curd and mix.
7. add all the dry spice powders and salt.
8. stir the raita well.
9. lastly mix chopped coriander leaves or mint leaves.
10. the boondi raita can be served cold or at room temperature. you can also garnish boondi raita with sprigs of mint or coriander leaves. boondi raita also goes well with biryani or pulao or any rich based dishes like jeera rice.