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Onion raita served in a blue and white bowl with a spoon and garnished with spices and fresh herbs

Onion Raita

Shweta Arora
Onion Raita is an onion and yogurt-based Indian condiment to go with your biryani or pulao. This simple raita recipe is an easy, creamy, and cooling side dish that literally takes 5 mins to make, and is best served chilled with a delicious Indian meal!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 49 kcal


  • 1 small red onion finely chopped, approximately ½ cup
  • 1 cup thick plain yogurt using whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon roasted cumin powder and some more for garnishing
  • teaspoon chaat masala
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mint leaves chopped, optional
  • 1 green chili slit in half, optional
  • pinch red chilli powder garnishing


  • In a mixing bowl, add the yogurt and whisk until smooth.
  • Add all the spices (salt, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala, black pepper) and mix again until well combined.
  • Finally add the onions, green chili (optional) mint and cilantro (reserve some for garnishing) and give it a good mix.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with some roasted cumin powder, coriander (cilantro) leaves and red chili powder. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
  • Serve chilled onion raita with Biryani and pulao


To reduce the onion pungent flavor, cut the onion in half and soak in cold water for about 30 mins minutes. Remove the onions from the water, squeeze to discard the excess water, and then chop into pieces. 
Yogurt: Use thick yogurt that is not too sour for Best Raita. If the yogurt is sour, taste and add sugar as required.  
ConsistencyUse milk or water to thin out the raita consistency to your liking. 
Spices: Adjust the spices to suit your taste and what is available to you!! 
Variation: Add chopped cucumber, tomato, and carrot in addition to onions. 


Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 123IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg
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