Bonda – its one of the most favorite snacks that are easily available in almost all the tea shops of Tamil Nadu. Its very easy to prepare and requires less ingredients and takes less time to prepare. It tastes great with chutney as an accompaniment. Its just a vada like snack but contains onions, coriander leaves and chilli that enhance its taste to a greater extent. 


  •     Gram flour – 600g
  •     Maida flour – 200g
  •     Oil – 2 tbsp
  •     Salt – 1/4 tbsp
  •     Green chilli – 2
  •     Onion – 3
  •     Butter milk – 200ml
  •     Baking soda – 2 pinch
  •     Chilli powder – 1 tbsp
  •     Coriander leaves – few
  •     Curry leaves – few
  •     Water – a little

Things to be done before we start cooking

  1.   Green chilli – 2, wash and then cut into small pieces.
  2.   Wash coriander leaves and curry leaves.
  3.   Take a handful of coriander leaves and chop them to smaller pieces.
  4.   Onion – 300 g (3 medium sized onions), peel the skin and chop them into small pieces.

Steps to Prepare

1 Take a big sized steel or plastic mixing bowl. Then add the below items to it –

  • Gram flour – 600 grams
  • Maida – 200 grams
  • Chilli powder – 1 tbsp
  • Green chillies – 2 (cut into small pieces)
  • Coriander leaves – handful (cut into small pieces)
  • Curry leaves – obtained from 2 sprigs
  • Onion – 300g (Chopped to very small pieces)

Start mixing well.

2 Take 2 tablespoons of oil, pour it on the flour available in the big mixing bowl. Start mixing the oil and flour. Keep this bowl aside after mixing all the contents well.

Take another small bowl, add the below 3 and mix well –

  • Butter milk – 200 ml
  • Baking soda – 2 pinches
  • Salt – 1/4 tablespoons

(the baking soda will make the bonda look fluffy and big yet very soft and light weight)

Pour the butter milk and baking soda mixture into the bowl with flour. (Made ready in step 3). Stir gently so as to mix the flour and butter milk. Never give pressure while mixing. The flour should be loose and like a fluid (not too watery and not too dry).

Let the flour to set well for 15 minutes.

6 Place a 3-litre capacity pan on burner with medium flame, pour in 250ml oil. Let the oil get hot.

Once the oil gets hot, start putting in the flour little by little. Take a little of flour with our fingers and drop it into the hot oil. After 50 seconds, turn the bonda one by one so that they get fried evenly on both sides. Once they turn brown, we can take them out.

Our bonda is ready to be tasted along with chutney.

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