Onion Raita

Kanda Nu Raitu

Onion raita has the perfect punch to serve with pulaos and biryanis. It’s good with any grilled meat or fish, too. Make it with a red onion for more color.


  • 1 large sweet red or white onion
  • Salt
  • 1 to 2 fresh red or green chiles (optional)
  • ½ cup chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) stems and leaves (optional)
  • 1 ½ cups (about) plain yogurt, lightly whisked


  • Chop or slice the onion finely. Sprinkle the onion with salt and let it stand for half an hour. Squeeze out the brine. Taste. Rinse off excess salt if necessary.
  • Chop in a green or red chile or two and some coriander leaves, if you like, and combine everything with plain yogurt, going for a fairly slack consistency.