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Boondi Raita

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Boondi Raita is a simple and delicious accompaniment made with yogurt and small fried chickpea flour balls.

Boondi Raita presented in a bowl with a garish of boondi. Seen are some celery parathas on the side
Boondi Raita served with some Celery and kale Paratha

Serving Suggestions for Raita

Boondi raita is generally served as a side along with the main meal. Best served with some Biryani or Pulav or simply with some parathas. Today I have served this raita with some Celery and Kale Paratha. This boondi rata would be one of the main sides generally in a typical Rajasthani Thali (Indian Regional Thali)

Benefits of Curd

Curd is a great probiotic and helps to improve our gut activity and treat upset stomachs. It is calcium-rich and is believed to keep your bones and teeth stronger. Helps to lose weight and is overall boosting your health and creating a strong immunity against day-to-day disease.

I am a person who loves curd to the core since I was a kid. I can eat it on its own or just finish it with some roti, I do not need any bhaji or anything alongside. The only condition is it should not be sour. I cannot eat sour curd and it is best to use them in kadhi :D.

Both my kids are the same. They generally want some yogurt with khichdi or rice dishes. And the best is If I do not have any bhaji being done, I serve it with Boondi Raita or any other raita. So I always have a bowl of yogurt in my fridge. I do like to make some quick raitas for variety. Also to sneak in different veggies or give the yogurt a colorful appearance as well a different texture.

Making Yogurt at home

I do make yogurt at home. Making it in a humid or warm climate is easy. But when you are in a cold country it is difficult. So I make this Instant Pot yogurt, which is a foolproof recipe. I always end up with some delicious yogurt. If you want to know how to make yogurt in an Instant pot yogurt with and without yogurt button check out this post of mine.

Boondi Raita presented in a bowl with a garish of boondi. Seen are some celery parathas on the side
Boondi Raita

Different Raita Recipes

Being a north Indian we do have different types of raita’s typically in our house every other day. Ranging from cucumber raita, potato raita, pudina raita, Singdana (Peanut) Raita, etc. The list is endless. My recent favorite of all is this Nasturtium Leaves & Stems Raita (Yogurt Dip) It is made using my homegrown fresh Nasturtium leaves and stems. If you are looking for more raita recipes, check out this post of Baingan ka Raita from Mayuri Jikoni’s.

What is Boondi made of

Boondi’s are small chickpea/gram flour (Besan) balls deep-fried in oil. The boondis are gluten-free and you can make them plain or with some masalas like salt and red Mirchi. They are really addictive to whenever you make it make sure to make a bit extra.

Boondi can be made very easily at home. I always make it at home and prefer the homemade ones to the store-bought ones. I feel the ready ones are saltier and when soaked they really do not have any texture. The store-bought ones simply dissolve in water.

Made using a perforated spoon or with a grater with wide holes in it. All you need is to soak the besan and fry it. Will share its recipe soon.

You can always find a jar of homemade boondi at my home. So when needed can easily use it. However, they are easily available in stores as plain boondi or masala boondi’s.

Recipe process of Boondi Raita

Boondi is soaked in plain water to make it spongy as well as to remove the excess oil. After some time you squeeze it to remove all the excess water. Then you add the boondi in the whipped curd. Add in some spices and a lip-smacking accompaniment is ready in minutes and without any cooking. One can use the boondi directly without soaking too.

Boondi Raita presented in a bowl with a garish of boondi. Seen are some celery parathas on the side
Boondi Raita

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Boondi Raita presented in a bowl with a garish of boondi. Seen are some celery parathas on the side

Boondi Raita

Boondi Raita is a simple and delicious accompaniment made with yogurt and small fried chickpea flour balls served alongside main meals.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Gluten Free, No Cook Recipe, Yogurt / Curd
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Soaking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • 1 Cup plain thick yogurt/curd
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup plain water
  • Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Roasted Cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chaat Masala (Optional)
  • 1/4 Cup of Boondi
  • Red Chilli powder – Optional


  • Soak the boondi in enough plain water for 15 minutes.
    1/4 Cup of Boondi
    Boondi or Fried Gramflour Snack getting soaked
  • Beat the yogurt until smooth. You can do this using a whisk or simply pass the yogurt through a sieve.
    1 Cup plain thick yogurt/curd
  • Add water as per consistency required. Some prefer thick, some a bit watery.
    1/4-1/2 Cup plain water
  • Gently squeeze the boondi in between your hands so that the excess water is removed.
  • Add the boondi in the yogurt mixture.
  • Add in the salt, Roasted cumin powder, red chili powder, and chaat masala.
    1/4 teaspoon Roasted Cumin powder, 1/4 teaspoon Chaat Masala, Red Chilli powder, Salt
    Adding all the ingredients in the yogurt
  • Mix everything and let it sit for 5 minutes.
    The ready raita
  • Yummy and delicious Boondi Raita is ready to serve.
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jayashree t rao

Tuesday 15th of March 2022

Love boondi raita but I am yet to make it at home. It makes a good side dish during summer.


Saturday 12th of March 2022

Boondi Raita is something we love! It pairs well with just any kind of Indian meal. There is magic with chilled curds and crunchy boondi!

Mayuri Patel

Friday 9th of October 2020

I love boondi raita especially with biryani or pulao. However, I've yet to make it from scratch at home. It is so much easier to make it in India as we get ready made boondi. However, its time I made the boondi at home to enjoy this delicious dish.

Srivalli Jetti

Friday 5th of July 2019

This is a delicious dish to enjoy anytime!...good one Renu..


Tuesday 25th of June 2019

I don't like to eat raita with biryani or roti. But would love to eat it as such. simple and quick to make


Tuesday 25th of June 2019

Thank You