Bonda or Fried Potato Balls - Gluten Free
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
For making the potato-veggie filling
  • For making the potato-veggie filling
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Potatoes, cubed- 5
  • Mixed veggies, chopped small- 1½ cups (carrot, corn, beans and peas)
  • Onion, chopped- 1, large
  • Ginger-Garlic paste- 1 tbsp
  • Ginger, chopped- 1 inch slice
  • Green chili, chopped- 2
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig (optional)
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Ground pepper- ¼ to ½ tsp or according to your needs
  • Salt- to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful
For making Bonda:
  • Gram flour or chick pea flour or besan- 1½ cups or depending on how many you are making
  • Water- enough to make a thick batter
  • Salt- a few pinches
  • Chili powder (optional)- ½ tsp
  • Oil- for deep frying
  1. Place a large pan or wok over medium heat, add oil.
  2. Add chopped onions and little salt, saute till translucent.
  3. Add ginger-garlic paste and chopped ginger, saute for a minute.
  4. Add chopped chilies and curry leaves, saute for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add cubed potatoes and pour some water to it, cook covered till potatoes are cooked.
  6. Add the mixed veggies and cook for a few minutes.
  7. Add turmeric powder, ground pepper and salt to it, combine well.
  8. Using a wooden spatula, slightly mash the potatoes.
  9. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  10. Sprinkle cilantro over it, combine well and cook for a minute.
  11. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool down.
  12. Make small balls out of the potato-veggie filling.
  13. Make sure the filling is dry.
  14. In a bowl, combine gram flour, salt, chili powder if using along with enough water to make a thick batter.
  15. Batter should be of thick constituency, it should hold on to the potato-veggie mix.
  16. Heat a frying pan, add oil for deep frying, let oil turn hot.
  17. Dip the potato-veggie balls in the batter and coat it evenly.
  18. Place it in the oil and fry till it turns golden brown in color.
  19. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bonda from the oil and place it on a kitchen paper towel.
  20. Serve warm with ketchup if you prefer.
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