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Boondi Mithai
Alternative names Bundi
Place of origin India
Region or state Rajasthan, Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal
Main ingredients Gram flour
Variations Khara or Kara

Boondi (Rajasthani: बूंदी,Urdu: بوندی‎, bundi) or Bundiya (Bengali: বুন্দিয়া) is an Indian dessert made from sweetened, fried chickpea flour. Being very sweet, it can only be stored for a week or so. Due to the need for preserving food in arid regions of Rajasthan, boondi laddu are preferred. There is also a savory version, called Khara or Tikha.

To make boondi laddu, fried boondi is dipped in sugar syrup.

Khara boondi[edit]

In preparing tikha or khara boondi, the batter is mixed with spices and salt before frying. Crushed curry leaves are added. Khara boondi is eaten by itself or is added to Indian-mixture.

Boondi raita[edit]

Boondi is popularly used to prepare raita in Pakistan and North India. Boondi raita typically contains curd (plain yoghurt), boondi (which has been soaked in water to make it soft, then sieved) and seasonings of salt, chilli, and other spices. It is eaten as a side dish with pulao or any other meal.

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