Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tiny Gram Flour Balls in Yoghurt Sauce (Boondi Raita)

Raita is a thin, yogurt based dip cum paste which serves as an accompaniment to Pulao, Biryani and Rice preparations. They can be mixed with Boondi (Tiny crispy Gram flour balls), Vegetables which are chopped finely, seasonings of various sort with masala and spices. This dip is rich in health and goodness and provides a wholesome nutrition. Serves as a great coolant for the system as well.

Raita is something which has not featured in many a previous blogs of mine. I have firmly taken it upon me now to introduce salads and dips which are yogurt based in my menu. P adores Raita and loves the tangy, creamy after taste of Yogurt. He made this dish, I was the Sous Chef at work helping him figure out what-is-where in the kitchen. He made a great tasting Raita with subtle flavours of masala and salt.

Recipe ~ P's own creation adapted from a friend.
Serves ~ 2 individuals

Low-fat Yogurt - 1 cup
Boondi - 1/2 cup
Salt - as per taste
Water - For thinning yogurt
Chat Masala - 1/2 a teaspoon
Pepper powder (optional) - Just a sprinkle

Take a mixing bowl and thin the yogurt with water. Add salt and chat masala. Beat well. Finally, when you are ready to serve, add Boondi and serve as a Yogurt blend for Biryani or Pulao.

Tip: If you add Boondi while preparing this dish or earlier, they tend to turn soggy. So best is to save it for dinner time or lunch time sake and mix and serve immediately.

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