Best Boondi Brand To Buy – Mishry Reviews
After making more than 35 bowls of raita using 10 brands of boondi, and dry-tasting all of them over 3 days, Haldiram’s Boondi emerged as the best boondi to buy among all the brands we reviewed. It’s crunchy, flavorful and makes for a delicious bowl of raita.
Best Boondi Brands in India
1. Best Boondi For Delicious, Crunchy Raita: Haldiram’s Boondi
Haldiram’s boondi is tastiest and crunchiest boondi we tested. It made the tastiest bowl of raita, as the boondi brings in its own delicious flavors.
Size: 200 grams, Price: Rs. 44*
*At the time of review
Haldiram’s Boondi scores big in visual appeal too; the gram-flour balls are consistent in shape and size, making it look appetizing. It was delightfully crunchy, and retained its crunch for a long time even after being soaked in curd.
2. Best Boondi For Delicious, Crunchy Raita: (Runner’s up) Bikano’s
Bikano’s came a close second in our review. It is as crunchy as Halidram’s, and makes a tasty bowl of raita. But we found the boondi to be a bit more salty. If you like your raita a bit saltier than normal, then Bikano is a good alternative and ticks all the checkboxes.
Size: 85 grams, Price: Rs. 20*
*At the time of review
Gopala’s is largely a Delhi-NCR brand and is not widely available. It’s a little spicy, and has South Indian flavors thanks to the use of kadi-patta/curry leaves. Although Gopala is more expensive than the rest, but if its South Indian style raita you are looking for then Gopala’s is a good alternative.
Our Review Process
How we picked brands:
We looked at the most popular brands at supermarkets and online grocery stores like Amazon and Big Bazaar for this review. A few brands like Garden and Bikano were easily available at local kiraanas, while brands like Brij, Veer’s and Neelam Foodland were available online.
A lot of local brands were found to be selling boondi which could also be eaten as a ‘namkeen’. Since our review is about finding the best boondi for raita, boondi-namkeen brands were not made a part of our list of brands to be reviewed.
We picked the 200 gm packets, the standard size available everywhere.
Ingredients in major boondi brands: Quick look
How We Tested:
Lets’ face it, all of us love boondi! And it’s hardly surprising that this crunchy gram-flour based preparation is enjoyed both as a savory and a sweet dish. Our search revolved around finding the most delicious, and crunchy boondi that would make for the tastiest boondi raita.
During our review we checked for taste and crunchiness. We observed the boondis on form and structure (how well developed were the little boondi balls) and how consistent in size they were. All brands were taken though our special Mishry Secret Sauce (read more about our Secret Sauce tests here) to arrive at final winners.
Factors we observed each brand on:
1. Colour, appearance
A robust, healthier colour was desirable. Boondi that looked pale was scored low.
2. Shape and form
We eat with our eyes, the appearance of our food matters a great deal. Well-rounded, consistently sized boondi is much more appealing. We looked for consistency in size and boondi that was well-shaped, not broken or crumbly.
Boondi is traditionally made using 100% gram flour. And the consistency of the batter matters a great deal to eventually make the boondi crunchy. However, some recipes also add rice flour and/semolina for added crunch.
The flavors in boondi are crucial to making the raita tasty. To understand the individual flavors of each brand, we did several rounds of dry-tasting of the 10 boondi brands. These were blind-tasting sessions where samples were marked from 1 to 10.
Mishry Secret Sauce:
Good boondi is only as good as the raita is makes! And that’s why, our Mishry Secret Sauce for this review was about making boondi raita, using all the brands. We used the same samples, that were used for the blind, dry-tasting of bonds to make 10 different bowls of raita.
For this we used Nestle a+ nourish, one of the winners from our Best Packaged Dahi review, for making all the bowls of raita. We used a standard mix of curd, salt and freshly ground zeera powder for making all raitas. (What’s Mishry Secret Sauce? Read more here…)
Result of Mishry Secret Sauce:
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