What is Onion Raita?
Although I make the Northindian style Pyaz Raita with spices, I also love indulging in this simple homemade raita.
We recently had the chance to enjoy a thali at Saravana Bhavan and the platter had this raita as one of the components. It was simple in flavors and so delicious that I did help myself to an extra serving.
Why you’ll love this recipe
Quick & Easy No-Cook Recipe – Most Indian raita sauce like this one does not require any cooking.
Healthy – Because this raita recipe has got no oil and is extremely healthy.
Flavorful – With basic seasoning and spices, this raita is extremely flavorful and delicious too. Plus the flavors also get better over the day.
Budget-friendly – Homemade raita uses cheap, easy-to-find ingredients from the supermarkets.
Dietary needs – The recipe is naturally vegetarian as it is made with yogurt. Sub for a Vegan Yogurt of your choice to make Vegan Onion Raita.
Serve – Delicious to serve with spicy curries, tandoori dishes, or even biryani.
You will need 5 ingredients and only 5 minutes to make this incredibly easy raita.
Yogurt – Always use full-fat yogurt to make a raita. Greek Yogurt will be too thick and it will require diluting.
Onion – Red or White onion works well to make raita. However, I prefer Red Onion in this recipe.
Green Chilli or Jalapenos -Finely sliced green chilli will add a bit of heat to this raita. If you don’t prefer that sharp heat, use jalapenos or 1/8th tsp of red chilli powder. Alternatively, you can just leave it out.
Coriander leaves – Finely dice the coriander leaves and use them in the recipe. Coriander leaves ( Cilantro ) play a huge part in this raita. Also, reserve small coriander leaves for garnishing. They look too pretty to serve.
Salt to taste.
Optional Ingredients – Ground cumin and Chaat masala
How to make Onion raita at home
First prep the ingredients – slice the onions, coriander leaves, and green chilli. Measure the yogurt and set it aside.
To make Onion raita for Biryani, add the yogurt, sliced onion, green chilli, coriander leaves, and salt in a bowl.
Stir together and chill until you are ready to serve.
PS – I also love to garnish with coriander just before serving again.
Tips to make the Best Onion Raita recipe
For every 1 cup of yogurt use 1/3-1/2 cup of Onion. This will give you the correct consistency of vegetable to yogurt in a raita sauce.
Use Chilled Yogurt to make raita.
Always use full-fat yogurt. I prefer to use Onken brand Stirred Yogurt as it doesn’t require any whisking. If you are using Greek Yogurt or Onken set yogurt, you will have to dilute them with water.
Red or White onion tastes great in this yogurt sauce.
As an element of Indian Thali. Here are 9 Vegetarian Indian Thali recipe inspirations for you to try.
Onion Tomato and Cucumber Raita – Add the diced vegetables – cucumber, tomato, and onion to the yogurt. Season with salt, pepper, green chili, or red chili powder. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.
Onion Tomato Raita – You will need only 6 ingredients – tomato, onion, yogurt, salt, green chili, and coriander leaves. Combine together and enjoy chilled.
Frequently asked Questions
How to make Indian Restaurant-style onion raita?
To make North Indian restaurant-style Onion raitha, add yogurt, sliced onion, salt, 1/2 a tsp ground cumin, 1/2 a tsp chaat masala, diced green chilli, or red chilli powder, and finely chopped coriander leaves. Combine the ingredients together and serve.
How to make raita without onion?
To make Raita without onion, follow my cucumber raita recipe. It does not use any onion.
How long will this Onion Raita keep?
This Raita will keep well for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.
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Easy Raita recipe for Biryani below
- 1 Cup Yogurt
- ⅓-½ Cup Red Onion sliced
- 1 Green chilli diced
- Salt to taste
- 1 Tbsp coriander leaves chopped
- Place Yogurt in a bowl and whisk it until smooth. If the yogurt is too thick in consistency, add ¼ Cup of water and whisk again to adjust the consistency.
- Add sliced onion, green chilli, salt, coriander leaves and mix until combined.
- Garnish with more coriander leaves and serve onion raita chilled.
How to make Indian Restaurant-style onion raita?To make North Indian restaurant-style Onion raitha, add yogurt, sliced onion, salt, 1/2 a tsp ground cumin, 1/2 a tsp chaat masala, diced green chilli, or red chilli powder, and finely chopped coriander leaves. Combine the ingredients together and serve.
How to make raita without onion?To make Raita without onion, follow my cucumber raita recipe. It does not use any onion.
How long will this Onion Raita keep?This Raita will keep well for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.