Raita is a side dish in Indian cuisine and very common in almost all parts of India. Boondi raita is made from curd and boondi (deep fried droplets made of gram flour).
This is one popular side dish in north Indian Kitchen.
Raita is little thicker in consistency where as buttermilk is more diluted than raita.
Raita goes well with any type of paratha and even in the main course. It best accompanies rice, biryani and pulao dishes. Addition of raita or buttermilk to the main course in lunch or dinner adds satisfaction and completes the menu indeed.
You can make different varieties of raita. Just change vegetables and fruits as per choice. Read my collection of raita on blog like veg raita, lauki raita, fruits raita, carrots raita, bathua raita etc.
This raita is a quick recipe that takes only 5 minutes or less. It can be seasoned with dry roasted cumin seeds, coriander leaves, mint leaves, cayenne pepper, chat masala, black salt, dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri Methi) etc depending on your taste and type of raita.
However I add only blacksalt and crushed roasted cumin seeds. Sometimes a pinch of hing spluttered in a drop of oil also adds too much of flavor to my boondi raita.
Normally I take spiced boondi which is little spicy. You can also take plain boondi (salted or unsalted). Then add a pinch of red chilli powder or cayenne pepper.
Since boondi is crispy you need to soak in little water to make them soft. You may directly add to beaten curd and let it rest for 2 – 3 minutes before serving.
Recipe Card for Boondi Raita
- 1 cup Curd
- 1/2 cup Boondi 100 – 150gms
- 1 tsp Salt or as per taste
- 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
- 1 pinch Red Chilli Powder (Optional)
- 1 pinch Asafoetida/ Hing
- 1 pinch Chat Masala
- Water – As required
- Soak the boondi in fresh or cold water for 5 minutes to soak and become soft.
- Beat yogurt to smooth and mix to the soaked boondi. Adjust water as per the consistency you require.
- Heat a pan and dry roast the cumin seeds. Remove from heat and crush the roasted cumin seed to coarse powder. Add to the curd. Season with salt as per taste.
- Raaita is ready to be served. Sprinkle a pinch of red chilli powder & chat masala. However both are optional and you can skip.
- You can else add tampering of 1/4 tsp oil, a pinch of hing and cumin seeds and add them to the raita
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