Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Bonda (Potato).


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This is an all time favorite tea time snack. Amma used to make this as an after school snack when I was a kid. If you have boiled potatoes in the fridge bonda can be prepared quickly…..when unexpected guests arrive or as an after school surprise for kids. Amma used to make this with potatoes but you can also add boiled carrots......spice up your imagination here.

How to make bonda:

2 boiled and smashed potatoes.
1 green chilly chopped.
A little bit of grated ginger.
½ onion chopped.
Curry leaves.
A pinch of turmeric powder.
Salt to taste.

For the batter:

Bengal gram flour (kadalamavu): 1 cup.
Red chilly: ½ tsp.
Asafoetida: 1 fat pinch.
Salt.
Soda powder: 1 fat pinch.
Water to mix.

Method:

Make a thick but loose batter enough to coat the lemon sized potatoes and keep aside.
Mix all the ingredients with the smashed potatoes and roll into lemon sized balls and keep aside.
Take each potato balls and dip into the batter and see that it is coated well and put it into boiling oil. Fry till it is golden in colour. Strain on a paper towel and serve hot with chai.

Tip: The soda powder gives the crispness, but if you don’t like it can omit it and instead add 2 table spoons of rice powder.


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