Monday, September 13, 2021

Garbanzo Beans and Mint Raita

This is a simple, comforting, and protein rich raita. The mint adds to the freshness to this raita and when combined with cooking yogurt and scrumptious beans, this is the satisfying side to any meal. This can be served with any kind of rice or with roti. Also, during the summer, this is one of our best choice to have as a chilled soup.

Both garbanzo beans and yogurt are rich in proteins. The spice level can be adjusted as preferred. Therefore this is an amazing choice to give to kids.

Thus takes very less time to make if you have your garbanzo beans ready. I always have a bag of frozen soaked beans to aid cooking meals quickly. Just pressure cook them and use. Canned beans can also be used and that drastic reduces time. It just takes about 20 minutes to make this if using canned garbanzo beans. When time is a crunch, this raita is easy to make and satisfying. This raita is my go to choice always. If you want to serve this as soup, adjust with water if in case you need a thinner consistency.

It can be said that raita is an integral part of Indian cuisine. It is easy to whip up a raita using what is in hand to make a satisfying and healthy side. This being said, check out some of the raita from this blog. 

We are featuring yogurt as the star for the 114th edition of Healthy Wellthy Cuisine. Yogurt can be added in many recipes from starters to dessert. It can be served with grains, or used as a marinade, or in curries and gravies, like in this traditional Morkuzhambu. Try this Curried Eggplant and Chickpea Fatteh which is an amazing starter. Or this strawberry Shrikand, which is a luscious dessert perfect for strawberry season. Mango lassi or Very Beery Lassi, again made with yogurt is the superstar chilled drink that would win anyone’s heart. This raita is one of our favorite and wanted to share the same for this event.


Garbanzo beans - 1/2 cup, dry
Salt - 2/3 tsp
Mint - 1/2 cup, loosely packed
Onion - 1/3 cup, finely chopped
Fresh yogurt - 1 and 1/4 cup

For Tempering

Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Thai green chili - 2. chopped
Ginger - 1/2 tsp, finley chopped
Asafetida - 1/8 tsp


Soak the garbanzo beans for 6-8 hours. Pressure cook with two cups of water (3 whistles). Cool and drain the water. Set aside.

Heat oil in a pan on medium flame, add the red chilies and mustard. When it splutters add the cumin, ginger, and green chilies. Add the asafetida and continue to fry to 30 seconds.

Add the onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes till it becomes translucent.

Add the garbanzo beans and 1/3 tsp of salt and sauté for 3-4 minutes.

Switch off the flame. Add the mint leaves and mix thoroughly. The mint will wilt in the heat.

Transfer to a bowl and cool for 10 minutes.

Add the yogurt and 1/3 teaspoon salt. Mix thoroughly.

Serve with rice, or roti, or as a soup.


  1. Raita looks superbly delicious and flavorful. Sauteed garbanzo beans with ginger, chilli, onion and mint leaves sounds delish and you mixed it with curd. Wow I can imagine the taste and flavour. I would love to try it soon.

    1. It was delicious, Sujata! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Raita using chick peas sounds so yummy. A very new recipe for me . I will definitely try out as I love chickpeas

    1. You'll love this simple and tasty raita. Thanks, Priya!

  3. Garbanzo beans and mint raita looks flavoursome and a good side dish with any meal. Would love to try it sometime.

  4. I love Raita. This protein reich chickpea and mint Raita is so flavourful and nutritious. A complete meal in itself for me . Will try this recipe soon.

  5. Garbanzo beans in yogurt with mint and tempering sounds absolutely yummm. This is indeed a protein packed dish. Would love it with parathas.

  6. Wow Raita with chickpeas.. will love to try it soon.looks so delicious and it's health friendly too