2 Ways Boondi Raita | Soft and Crunchy Boondi

Boondi Raita is a fun twist on a classic side dish - fried chickpea flour pearls with yogurt, cilantro, mint, masala, and a hint of sweetness! Boondi Raita pairs perfectly with spicy biryani, paratha, or palau. A refreshing masala raita with melt in your mouth boondi.

Our recipe video shows how to make two ways: Crunchy Boondi Raita AND Soft Boondi Raita. It’s all about texture, so feel free to try whichever you prefer (or both!).

Prep Time5 minsTotal Time5 mins
DifficultyBeginner

Ingredients:

Boondi (Plain or Spiced) - ½ cup
Plain Yogurt (curd) - 1 cup
Water (or milk) - 1/8 - 1/4 cup
Cumin Powder - ½ tsp
Red Chili Powder - ½ tsp
Black Pepper Powder - ⅛ tsp
Chat Masala (optional) - ¼ tsp
Sugar (optional) - ½ tsp
Black Salt (or salt) - to taste
Cilantro - 1 tbsp finely chopped
Mint Leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped

Instructions:

Crunchy Boondi Raita

1) Whisk 1 cup of plain yogurt in a medium mixing bowl until smooth. Add ¼ cup of water (or milk) and whisk again.

PRO TIP: If your raita is too thick, add some milk or water to thin it out.

2) Add 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/4 tsp chat masala powder, 1/8 tsp black pepper powder, 1/2 tsp sugar, a pinch of black salt (to taste), 1 tbsp coriander leaves, and 1 tbsp mint leaves. Stir until fully mixed.

3) Garnish with cilantro, mint, spices, and 1/2 cup dry boondi (once you are ready to serve). The yogurt mixture should be chilled.

PRO TIP: You can use spiced or plain boondi!

Soft Boondi Raita

4) Soak 1/2 cup boondi in hot water for 2-3 minutes. Add enough hot water to fully cover the boondi.

5) Strain the boondi, rinse with cool water (they will be hot), and then lightly squeeze the excess water from the boondi with your hand.

6) Whisk 1 cup of plain yogurt (or curd) in a medium mixing bowl until smooth. Add 1/8 cup of milk (or water) and whisk again.

7) Add 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/4 tsp chat masala powder, 1/8 tsp black pepper powder, 1/2 tsp sugar, a pinch of black salt (to taste). Whisk to mix well.

8) Next, add the soaked boondi, 1 tbsp coriander leaves, and 1 tbsp mint leaves. Stir gently with a spoon until fully mixed.

PRO TIP: If your raita is too thick, add some milk or water to thin it out. The boondi will soak up lots of moisture!

9) Garnish with boondi, cilantro, mint, and spices. Serve chilled.

Notes for vegan / dairy-free: use plant based yogurt alternative

Ingredients

 Boondi (Plain or Spiced) - ½ cup
 Plain Yogurt (curd) - 1 cup
 Water (or milk) - 1/8 - 1/4 cup
 Cumin Powder - ½ tsp
 Red Chili Powder - ½ tsp
 Black Pepper Powder - ⅛ tsp
 Chat Masala (optional) - ¼ tsp
 Sugar (optional) - ½ tsp
 Black Salt (or salt) - to taste
 Cilantro - 1 tbsp finely chopped
 Mint Leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped

Directions

Crunchy Boondi Raita
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1) Whisk 1 cup of plain yogurt in a medium mixing bowl until smooth. Add ¼ cup of water (or milk) and whisk again.

PRO TIP: If your raita is too thick, add some milk or water to thin it out.

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2) Add 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/4 tsp chat masala powder, 1/8 tsp black pepper powder, 1/2 tsp sugar, a pinch of black salt (to taste), 1 tbsp coriander leaves, and 1 tbsp mint leaves. Stir until fully mixed.

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3) Garnish with cilantro, mint, spices, and 1/2 cup dry boondi (once you are ready to serve). The yogurt mixture should be chilled.

PRO TIP: You can use spiced or plain boondi!

Soft Boondi Raita
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4) Soak 1/2 cup boondi in hot water for 2-3 minutes. Add enough hot water to fully cover the boondi.

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5) Strain the boondi, rinse with cool water (they will be hot), and then lightly squeeze the excess water from the boondi with your hand.

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6) Whisk 1 cup of plain yogurt (or curd) in a medium mixing bowl until smooth. Add 1/8 cup of milk (or water) and whisk again.

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7) Add 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/4 tsp chat masala powder, 1/8 tsp black pepper powder, 1/2 tsp sugar, a pinch of black salt (to taste). Whisk to mix well.

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8) Next, add the soaked boondi, 1 tbsp coriander leaves, and 1 tbsp mint leaves. Stir gently with a spoon until fully mixed.

PRO TIP: If your raita is too thick, add some milk or water to thin it out. The boondi will soak up lots of moisture!

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9) Garnish with boondi, cilantro, mint, and spices. Serve chilled.

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Notes for vegan / dairy-free: use plant based yogurt alternative

2 Ways Boondi Raita | Soft and Crunchy Boondi
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Kavita says:

I usually like my raita to be crunchy but this inspired me to try the soft version too.

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