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Jan 13, 2011

Aloo Bonda / Potato Bonda South Indian style

a couple of bondas plus a cup of coffee or tea equal to bliss. A perfect dish on a rainy day! here is the recipe.


For the filling:

Potatoes (white or red skin) - medium size - 8 to 10

Red onion - medium size -1

Green chillies - 4

Ginger - 1 inch

Little oil for seasoning

Mustard seeds - 2 teaspoons

Urud dal - 2 teaspoons

Turmeric powder - half teaspoon

Asafoetida powder - half teaspoon

Coriander leaves - handful - finely chopped

Salt as required

For the batter:

Besan flour - 1 cup

Rice flour - 3/4 cup (three quarters of a cup)

Turmeric powder - a pinch

Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon

Salt - as required

Baking soda - half teaspoon (optional)

( Note: I did not use the baking soda and the bondas were not crispy. The taste was still good.)

Water - just enough to make a thick batter

For deep frying:

Enough oil to deep fry the bondas


Prepare the filling:

Cook the potatoes. Peel off the skin. Mash well and keep it aside.

Chop the onions and green chilllis very finely. Peel off the skin from the ginger and chop finely.

Heat a tablespoon oil in a kadai. Add the mustard seeds, when it pops, add the urud dal, green, chillis, ginger and onion. Saute until the onions are soft. Now, add the turmeric powder, asafoetida powder, salt, chopped coriander leaves and mashed potaotes and mix well in low heat. DO NOT ADD WATER.

Keep stirring until equal distribution of spices. Keep it aside and allow it to cool. When it's luke warm, make small balls and arrange in a plate. The filling is ready to be dipped in batter and deep fried.

Prepare the batter:

Take a mixing bowl and mix in the besan flour, rice flour, salt, turmeric and red chilli powders and soda if your are adding. Whisk it dry and then add water little by little while stirring continuously. Make sure the batter is thick (thicker than the bajji batter) and there are no lumps. The batter is ready too.

Deepfrying bondas:

Heat oil in a kadai. Test by frying a drop of the prepared batter. The fried batter should come to the surface frizzing.

Hold the mixing bowl near the oil, take a prepared potato ball, dip it in the batter and glide it in the bowl corner to prevent dripping and then slide it gently into the hot oil. You can fry 3 to 4 bondas in each batch.

Make sure the oil in in medium heat. With utmost caution, keep tossing the bondas so that it is fried well on all directions. 

When the bondas turn a little darker than golden brown, take the bondas out carefully and place them in a paper towel lined bowl.

Serve the hot bondas with chutney of your choice. When serving for children keep in mind the filling will be super hot. I did not prepare any chutney and I served it with masala chatpat maggie sauce.



Rekha shoban said...

looks cute and perfect!!

Pushpa said...

Aloo bondas look super yummy.

Manasi said...

Oh I am so craving a bonda now.. this cold weather is perfect for them.. pass me some?

Sanjeeta kk said...

Its 5 Pm in here and I am craving for these cute Bondas :)

aipi said...

Just what I need now! Looks really warm n delicious :)

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Sharmi said...

i love having them at tea shops:)

Hamsi said...

Wonderful bonda. Love to have it with Tea.

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USHA said...

Hi Mythyee,

How are you doing? Its been long right...

Wonderful evening snack...Thanks for sharing dear

Torviewtoronto said...

yummy looking bondas

Archana Vivek said...

Looks yummy.

Mythreyee said...

thank you all!

Anonymous said...

thank u very much.... :)