Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mysore Bonda

Mysore bonda is famous in the recipe list of the Karnataka special dishes, especially of Mysore. Some call the Goli Baje of Mangalore as Mysore Bonda. But the traditional recipe uses a blend of split black lentils and spices.
You may relate it to the medhu vada of elsewhere in the South but deep fried in the shape of bondas than typical vadas.
The recipe is simple to make and quick too.
Ingredients:( for 12 bondas)
1/4 cup/ 125 ml Urad dhal whole or split
2 teaspoons thuvar dhal
1 teaspoon rice
2 green chillies chopped
1 tablespoon finely sliced coconut pieces
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns, coarsely pounded
Few fresh curry leaves
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
Wash and soak the dhals and the rice togther for an hour.
Drain and grind, adding very little water to a smooth but thick batter. The batter has to ground fine but water should be used very sparingly.
Add the salt, chopped chillies, coconut pieces,curry leaves, cumin seeds, asafoetida powder and the pepper. Mix well. Mix in a whisking motion to incorporate air in the batter and make it fluffy. This ensures that the bondas are soft on the inside with pores formed therein.

Heat oil in a heavy pan. Moisten your palm and fingers and roll the batter like balls and deep fry in hot oil.
Turn them in the oil a few times to fry evenly.
Remove with a slotted ladle and place on absorbent tissues.
Serve hot with coconut chutney or tomato ketchup.
Urad dhal is rich in protein and fibre, low in fat. These are recommended for diabetics too. Make a good snack for children.

These bondas are off to be featured in Susan, The Well Seasoned Cook's MLLA,
The 17th Helping of MLLA happening @ Sra's When My Soup Came Alive through November,
and to
Food for seven stages of life - Kids' special (4 years to 14 years of age), co-hosted by Radhika and Sudeshna.


  1. Lovely bondas and my favourite always. we get good bondas in Chennai Udupi Hotels which is famous for that.

  2. oh wow!!! fabulous to grab it now..

  3. super...i thought it is made with maida.Nice entry

  4. Excellent...
    Aah... this is something tat I can try.... soon .

  5. Yumm, feel like grabbing those crispy bondas..

  6. this is my favourite too..
    pictures are very beautiful..

  7. Excellent Lataji!! I know to put Mysore bonda too!! "Vaaila poduven, ila kizha poduven" :D
    Thanks for sharing it, now I can put it also in oil!! :)

  8. OMG- u make me feel hungry and reminds my childhood days this bonda!

  9. Hot mysore bonda and coconut chutney are an unbeatable combo... isn't it??? I've never tried to make this at home, but now have a source if I want to :-)

  10. Looks Awesome Lata! Perfect - love the texture. This is one snack that you can't just stop at one! I want to soak one of these in that yummy chutney and eat it!

  11. looks very nice.. wish i could taste :(

  12. Hmm----the mysore bonda looks excellent,very tempting too.Thanks for sharing Lata

  13. this is one of my dad's favt..! Yummy perfect da.. will give a try soon!

  14. they look so soft and just perfect..

  15. yet another yummy recipe, perfect weather too!

  16. We see this in the canteen now and then, though I can't be sure that they put in everything you mentioned. The post is instructive, thanks for the entry

  17. wow, lovely bondas, now why did you make it!!, my mouth is watering literally, they look so yummy, the weather is right for those things here, I am planning not to eat too much of fried food..,

  18. Inndraikku dhaan pannineyn,simple yet flavorful snack!

  19. I've not tried making this.. but since i love ulundhu vadai, i think i'll love this w/o doubt.

  20. Looks deliciously inviting :-)

  21. My all time favorite, looks delicious!

  22. so crispy these bondas others have mentioned,its inviting me ;)

  23. Wow..they are so perfect...thanks a lot for this specialty dish

  24. Absolutely delicious bondas,lovely one


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