This Spiced Boondi raita is a North Indian raita variety made with spiced yogurt and boondi (crisp fried gram flour balls).
plain salted boondi
(yogurt) - vegan or dairy
¼ to ½
(fennel powder) - optional
roasted cumin powder
red chili powder
black pepper powder
2 to 3
chopped coriander leaves
(cilantro leaves) or mint leaves
a few coriander leaves
or mint leaves for garnish
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.
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