Onion raita is a popular side served with a variety of Indian dishes. It adds an instant dash of freshness and crunch to a meal and pairs beautifully with biryanis and pulaos
It's best served with spicy dishes as the onions help cut through the spice. What I love about this one is that it is made with simple ingredients that are easily available in most Indian kitchens. Plus it is ready in 5 minutes!
Ingredients for Onion Raita
How to make Onion Raita
Making onion raita is only a four step process:
- Add curd, salt, roasted cumin powder to a bowl. You can also use ¼ teaspoon sugar if you like. It works really well with this raita
- Whisk this together till smooth and creamy
- Add sliced onions, chopped mint and green chillies
- Mix well and chill before serving
Onion raita also known as pyaaz ka raita’s main purpose is to mitigate the heat from spices and masalas found in Indian dishes. The pungent taste of onions is beautifully balanced by the freshness of curd and chopped mint leaves. It is then flavoured with some simple basic spices such as green chillies, cumin powder and rock salt. The result is a refreshing and crunchy raita that tastes lovely with dishes like biryanis and pulaos.
When making this raita, use thick fresh curd or greek yoghurt and whisk it until it is creamy and free of lumps. Finely slice the onions and chop the mint leaves before mixing them with the curd for an ultimate onion raita.
The refreshing taste of this raita and super simple recipe will have you making this one again and again. Apart from biryani and pulao, onion raita pairs really well with parathas, sabzi, roti and tomato rice too.
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- 1 Cup Curd or plain, unsweetened greek yogurt
- ½ Teaspoon Roasted Jeera Powder
- ¾ Teaspoon Salt
- ¼ Teaspoon Sugar optional
- ¾ Cup Sliced Red Onions
- 1 Green Chilli finely chopped
- ¼ Cup Mint Leaves roughly chopped
- A Pinch Chilli Powder optional
- Whisk together curd, jeera powder, sugar (if using) and salt in a bowl until it is smooth and creamy
- Add in sliced onions, green chilli and mint leaves and mix to combine. Sprinkle chilli powder on top and serve immediately.
- Red onions work best for this recipe because they are pungent and on the spicier side
- Mint helps add freshness and herbiness to this raita