Sunday, January 8, 2012

Boondi Raita

Boondi is deep fried small balls made with gram flour(बेसन), good for snacking or making this wonderful raita. Boondi is made using a ladle with holes which gives them that small rounded shape. There is also a sweet preparation for boondi called 'Boondi Laddu'. Though in North India it is usually used to make raita. I love this raita, it can be eaten with pulav/biryani(rice made with veggies/meat and spices) or any meal. I usually get Haldiram brand Boondi. They come in 2 flavors i.e Masala Boondi and Plain Boondi. Masala Boondi has spices and chili powder in it so I prefer using plain boondi for making raita so that I can control all the spices that goes in it.

1 Cup plain boondi
1 Cup beaten yogurt
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 tsp Sugar
Salt as per taste
2 Green Chilies finely chopped
Chopped fresh cilantro for garnishing
For tempering
1/2 tsp canola oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
Pinch of Asafoetida
Pinch of Turmeric powder

In a bowl mix beaten yogurt along with sugar, salt, cumin powder, chili powder, green chilies and boondi. Make a tempering by heating canola oil in a small pan and add mustard seed, asafoetida and turmeric powder. Add this tempering to the above mixture and mix. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro. And serve Boondi Raita with your favorite meal.
Quick Tips-: If you think your raita is too thick add little bit of water. Also if you don't want your boondi to be all soft try adding boondi few minutes before serving.