Boondi Raita
Side Dishes

Boondi Raita

Boondi Raita is the yumminess of raita with little chewy bits to break up the texture.

Boondi raita is a perfect way to break up the routine of plain raita. It takes absolutely no time to make and somehow is always considered to be fancy. It’s perfect for a normal mid week dinner

The boondi doesn’t have much of a flavor so make sure to add enough salt, pepper, and chili powder so that you don’t end up with bland yogurt. Personally, I’m a heathen because I like to put my boondi in without soaking it and eating it crunchy. If you’re feeling a little crazy, give it a whirl. I promise it isn’t gross.

Boondi Raita

Difficulty: Easy


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  • 4 cups plain yogurt (avoid fat free or low fat)

  • 1.5 cup cold water

  • 1/2 cup boondi

  • 1 tbsp whole jeera (cumin), ground

  • 2 tsp chili powder (optional)

  • 1/3 bunch dhaniya (cilantro), chopped finely

  • Black pepper, to taste

  • Salt, to taste


  • Soak boondi for 10 minutes (or until soft and spongy) in room temperature water.
  • When the boondi is spongy drain the water out and let the boondi sit in a colander in the sink.
  • Whisk yogurt till smooth.
  • Whisk in water. If you’d like the consistency to be a little thinner add additional water.
  • Gently squeeze out remaining water from the boondi.
  • Whisk in cilantro, boondi, pepper, and salt.
  • Garnish with cumin and chili powder.

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