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Monday, October 23, 2017

Potato Bonda Recipe-Aloo Bonda-Batata Vada

Potato bonda/urulaikizhangu bonda also known as batata vada is a deep fried delicious snack prepared with potatoes and chickpea flour batter. It can be had as an appetizer or as a tea time snack. I have given two versions - one is the regular deep fried bondas and the other is a low fat potato bonda made in paniyaram/appe pan. Today we will learn how to make potato bondas with step wise pictures following this easy recipe. 

Potato bonda-aloo bonda-batata vada

Potato Bonda Recipe-Aloo Bonda

Potato Bonda Recipe-Aloo Bonda

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Recipe CategoryTea time snack-Appetizer
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Potato - 4-5 medium size
   Onion - 1 big finely chopped
   Green chilli - 1-2 finely chopped
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Salt to taste

   For seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Cashew nuts -5-6 chopped
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Hing/Asafoetida - a pinch
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped
   Lemon juice - few drops

   For the Batter

   Gram flour/besan/kadalai mavu - 3/4 cup
   Rice flour - 1/4 cup
   Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
   Cooking soda or baking soda - a pinch
   Hot oil - 1 tsp
   Salt as needed
   Water as needed

   Oil for frying


Pressure cook potatoes for 3 whistles. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker. Peel the skin of the potatoes and mash it without any lumps when it is slightly hot.  Don' t make it to a paste.

Finely chop onion and green chillies. 

how to prepare aloo bonda


Heat oil in a pan, saute cashew nuts until golden brown and remove it from pan.

In the same pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add hing, curry leaves, onion, green chilli and saute until onions turn transparent.

sauteing onions

Add turmeric powder and salt to taste.

bonda preparations

Add the mashed potatoes, cashew nuts, mix well and switch off the heat.

urulaikizhangu bonda recipe

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and keep it aside to cool. Once it cools, add 3-4 drops of lemon juice and mix well.

urulaikizhangu bonda

In a bowl, mix together gram flour, rice flour, chilli powder, salt and baking soda.

how to make potato bonda

Add water little at a time so that the batter is neither thin nor too thick. It should be of coating consistency. Add a tsp of hot oil to it and mix well. This is the bonda batter.

bonda batter

Divide the potato mixture equally and make balls out of it. (I made some smaller balls to be fried in paniyaram pan).

Now dip 3-4 potato balls in the prepared batter in such a way it is well coated on all the sides.

batata vada

Heat oil in a kadai, drop a small drop of batter into the oil, if it raises to the surface immediately, the oil is ready for frying.

Reduce the heat to medium and drop 3-4 of the batter coated potato balls into the oil. 

Do not disturb for the first few seconds, then stir, flip it over and fry until it turns golden brown.

Remove from heat and place it on a colander or paper towel to drain excess oil. Repeat the same process for the rest of the potato balls.

Aloo bondas can be served with coconut chutney, green chutney or ketchup.

Enjoy hot piping aloo bonda with a cup of adrak chai or South Indian filter coffee.

aloo bonda recipe

If you do not like frying like me, you can still enjoy aloo bondas by frying it in paniyaram pan.

Potato Bondas in Paniyaram Pan 

Heat a tsp of oil in all the cavities/holes in the paniyaram/appe pan.

Place the batter coated potato balls in the cavity and cook covered on low heat.

Flip it over 2-3 times until it browns evenly on all the sides. Repeat the same process for the rest of the potato balls.

Enjoy low fat-guilt free potato bondas with tea.

My View - You cannot compare the deep fried potato bondas with the paniyaram pan fried bondas. Both tastes good but no doubt the deep fried ones scores better. The paniyaram/appe pan aloo bondas is a healthy alternative to deep fried aloo bondas. You can enjoy it without any guilt feelings.

Low fat Aloo bonda-Bonda in Paniyaram/appe pan

If you love bondas, do not forget to try my

Vegetable Bonda and Mysore Bonda

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  1. Those look so awesome. I am going to deep fry!!

  2. Came out excellent and my family liked it very much. Thanks!

  3. Your description is apt,clear and easy to understand.Just too good.


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