Burhani or borhani is a very popular drink in Bangladesh and Calcutta. It blends perfectly with biryani and meat dishes. Do you know why this yogurt drink is served with biryani?

Yogurt aids in digestion after you eat a heavy meal. Bacteria found in yogurt are the main source that benefits issues, indigestion and other gastronomical issues, including acid reflux. People who eat yogurt generally have better digestion and this results in soothing gastric issues. A yogurt drink or raita is usually made to soothe the spiciness of delicious dishes such as biryani and kebab. Cool Burhani drink helps balance the spice of seasoned meats and foods. 


2 ½ cups full-fat yogurt

½ teaspoon ginger powder

½ teaspoon ground white pepper

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon black mustard seeds

1 teaspoon  coriander seeds

¾ cups mint leaves

¼ cups cilantro leaves

½ tablespoon black salt

1 fresh green chilli

Kosher salt as per taste


Take a small pan, add cumin seeds, black mustard seeds and coriander seeds. Roast for about 5 minutes over medium heat until the seeds start to burst. Put the roasted seeds in a blender and grind until you get a fine powder. Now, add one glass of chilled water, yogurt, mint and cilantro leaves, black salt, ginger powder, ground white pepper, chilli, kosher salt; make a frothy and smooth puree.

Many people get confused between salted lassi ( chhach ) and Burhani. Burhani is more than a salted lassi, it is prepared with many blended spices and tastes great. This is a cooling drink which is a must add on, every time you start eating a plate of biryani.