Spicy Chicken Layered in Fragrant Basmati Rice
Every Indian meal is served with some cooling yoghurt to ensure that the meal is balanced and all the food groups are represented at each mealtime.
Indian people hate to waste food so everything is always used and essentially 'boonthi' is the name given to the little bits of gram flour batter that come away when you are frying anything coated with a gram flour batter.
The little golden crisp balls of gram flour (which look a bit like Rice Crispies) are kept and then soaked in milk for about 20 minutes and like little sponges they swell and soften up. They are then ready to be mixed into the spiced yoghurt where together with a they add a wonderful texture and a new dimension to plain old yoghurt.
Boonthi can either be made fresh by mixing gram flour with a little water to make a batter and then sprinkled gently into hot oil to make little crisp balls. Or they are readily available in any Indian grocery shop.
This raita is a lovely accompaniment for any north Indian dish.
|Typical values*||per Serving|
|of which saturates (g)||1|
|of which sugars (g)||4|