Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Potato Bonda


Wait, Ahoy! Anita Wait! I am hoping I made it at last huffing and puffing. Well I assumed the date for the event is the last of the month so my entry counts right? If you are wondering what this is all about, here is the announcement where Anita exhorts us to celebrate deep fried goodies every now and then. When she says we listen ;) I do agree these days deep frying needs some added encouragement! I have never fried bondas ever, this is the very first time. So all the more reason to relish and enjoy them.

With a cloudy overcast sky it indeed was a good day to deep fry in the patio. Following the host's lead I squeezed some lime juice into the potato mixture and it made for a tangy tasty bonda.

potato balls ready

1. 5-6 medium sized potatoes boiled
2. 1 Medium Onion chopped fine
3. 3 green chilies sliced thin
4. about a handful coriander leaves chopped
5. 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
6. 1/4 inch piece of ginger grated
7. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
8. half of a lime

For the Batter
1. 2 Cups besan flour
2. 2 tbsp rice flour
3. 1 tsp chili powder
4. salt to taste
5. 1 cup of water

Sift the flour and add the water and whisk together to make a smooth batter. If you like the shell thick keep the batter thick, if you prefer a thin covering make a slightly runny batter.

1. In a wide mouthed pan, heat 2 tsp of oil and splutter the mustard seeds.
2. Add the green chilies and saute for a minute
3. Add the onions and saute till translucent.
4. Add the turmeric powder, salt, coriander leaves and mix.
5. Set aside to cool and squeeze half a lemon into the mixture.
6. Add to the potato mixture, mix and make small lime sized balls and set aside.
7. Now heat a sauce pan with oil, when hot
8. Dip the potato balls in the batter and drop them in the oil one by one.
9. Let them start to turn a slight shade of brown
10. Remove them to a plate lined with a paper towel.

Enjoy with some chili garlic sauce and relish the indulgence.


  1. aloo bonda looks yum, ISG! Loved your frittata too. Are you cooking during your vacation too? Agree with you on the coverage - too much of swimming & beach volleyball too. And the commentary was not very fair either - too biased. But loved the spectacular China put up for opening ceremony (though could not watch all of it).
    Will sign off before it starts to resemble a post! :) Have a fabulous long weekend, ISG!

  2. delicious bondas with yummy chutney.

  3. Oh, it's a really good thing I didn't know about Anita's fry-fest, or I would have been tempted to fry something too. Instead I'll content myself gazing at your gorgeous bondas, ISG, and imagining the spicy goodness! Looks delicious! :)

  4. The potato bonda looks so yummy and crispy, ISG.
    For whatever reason I keep thinking that this takes lots of time and energy and keep postponing it. Have to try it though.

  5. umm..thy look yum,..perfect for singapore weather,..:-)

  6. oh my what a lovely picture indo...are you still in your vacation? still you managed to fry these lovely ones..great girl!..i thought I missed the date..didn't see it was end of the month!..your picture sure tempts me to deep fry some!

  7. ISG, the bondas look too tempting! Yummm..

  8. Looks perfectly delicious.

  9. Delicious Aloo bonda... I used to have them in my college canteen...remembered those good-old days :-)

  10. Vani, we had to, we had rented an apartment and there are not many restaurants close by.

    Linda, the potatoes take no time at all. Mom is around so deep frying was a breeze :) but I got to try using Red Chillies idea to use the appe pan to fry them up.

    RC no way, the potatoes are very easy to prepare and then try the appe pan way.

    Valli, I am still on vacation but back from the beach! Frying these babies at the beach would have been awesome too.

    Purnima, long time no see! How are you doing?

    Cinnmon, yes ofcourse! how can we forget, they are quintessentially the college canteen food.

  11. Uh oh! I missed it this time around too. Argh!

    The potato bondas look yummy! :)

  12. How delicious do those look? I could eat them right off the page!

  13. Bonda looking yum..uff..lovely ..and adding lemon is great....nice entry

  14. Wow! Wanna have a bite. Lovely snak with chutney isn't it?

  15. Loved your bondas - even the mix before frying!
    Sorry, took forever to 'write' here - but did check right away ;-) ! Enjoy your mom's visit. I was a little tied up too - sister and co visiting us!


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