Learn how to make super simple side dish for Biryani/Pulao – Onion Raita recipe with step by step pictures. Vengaya Thayir Pachadi – Onion Raita is the best side dish for biryani/pulao/parotta.
Today I am sharing a simple side dish recipe that is served along with the most popular Sunday biriyani recipes. Sometimes we overlook certain recipes as they are very normal, regularly made at our homes and it is very simple to make. I never imagined that I will be asked and requested for such a simple recipe but then, based on the number of requests I have got, I decided to share my way of making Vengaya Thayir Pachadi recipe here. It is very easy to make, with many variations. But the most basic recipe is all about onions and yogurt. There can always be other additions like green chillies, fresh coriander leaves, tomatoes, grated carrots, cucumbers to make it more flavorful.
Traditionally, Onion Raita is served along with biriyani or pulao but more than that, I simply love it along with parotta and all its variants like Kothu Parotta and Chilli Parotta. I am really not sure of the origin of the raita recipe but in Tamilnadu it was always called as Thayir Pachadi and Vengaya Thayir Pachadi is served by default for any variety rice recipes and sometimes even with chapati/roti in restaurants. I am very particular about how I chop my onions for the raita. Most of the times I slice my onions very thin and it results in a perfect textured thayir pachadi especially for parotta. You can also chop the onions very finely, if served with biriyani/pulao.
Tips to make perfect Onion Raita
- Use the creamiest thick curd that is fresh (a personal preference – I don’t like sour curd)
- Use equal quantities of chopped onions and curd – to get best textured raita.
- Don’t make the raita until it is ready to be served – as onions & salt leave water.
How to make Onion Raita | Vengaya Thayir Pachadi
Onion Raita | Vengaya Thayir Pachadi
Measurements1 cup = 250ml, 1 tbsp = 15ml, 1 tsp = 5ml
- 1/2 cup Sliced Onions
- 1/2 cup Thick Fresh Curd/Plain Yogurt
- Salt as needed
Detailed step-wise picture recipe of making Onion Raita | Vengaya Thayir Pachadi
In a mixing bowl add sliced onions.
Now add fresh thick curd/plain yogurt & salt as needed.
- Adjust salt as needed.
- Other additional ingredients like chopped cucumber, grated carrots, finely chopped green chillies and fresh coriander leaves can also be added.