Sunday 6 January 2013

Urulaikilangu Bonda | Aloo Bonda | Potato Bonda Using Dosa Batter

Looking for a perfect tea time snack? Then I suggest you bondas, but what if you don't have besan flour? there is nothing to be worried of, try the same with dosa batter. It tastes excellent and the masala is spicy and perfect enough to accompany your sweet tea. Potato bonda is a famous South Indian snack and is also found in north India as Batata vada, in which a stuffing made of potatoes are rolled into balls, then dipped in flour batter then deep fried. There are different types of bondas and there are various versions of making the masala of bondas and the only flour used in making bondas is the besan flour, but here I have discussed about how to use dosa batter for making bondas. It eases your work and also its handy. The potato masala that I have used here is very easy to make and needs just common ingredients from your kitchen pantry. It comes out so good and you will definitely get praises from your family members and loved ones. Keep your diet or calorie calculations apart and enjoy this with a strong cup of hot coffee or tea. Now lets get to know whats needed and how to make these bondas. 


Serves 10 bondas 
Total Preparation Time - 30 to 40 minutes
  1. Potatoes - 2 (big ones, mine weighed 300 grams) 
  2. Dosa batter - 2 ladle-fulls (or) 1/2 cup 
  3. Big onions - 1 (or) Shallots - 5 
  4. Green chilly - 1 
  5. Ginger - 1/4 inch piece (crushed) 
  6. Garlic pods - 2 (crushed) 
  7. Coriander leaves - A handful 
  8. Curry leaves - Few 
  9. Cinnamon stick - 1 small piece (1/4 inch long) 
  10. Red chilli powder - 1 spoon (reduce if you don't want it spicy)
  11. Cumin powder - 1/4 spoon  
  12. Turmeric powder - 1/4 spoon 
  13. Salt - As per taste 
  14. Oil - For deep frying (Sunflower oil preferred) 


  • Wash potatoes well in water. Place inside a pressure cooker and pour water until it gets immersed well, then add some salt. Close the cooker with its lid and place the whistle or regulator. Pressure cook on medium flame for 10 minutes. Then remove from flame, set aside and wait until the pressure drops. 
  • Meanwhile do the other preparations. Peel and chop onions, chop green chillies and coriander leaves and set aside. 
  • Now take the cooked potatoes and peel its skin. Then mash it well and set aside. 
  • Now place a pan/wok on flame, add 3 spoons of oil, after it heats up add the crushed ginger and crushed garlic pods (or 1/2 spoon ginger-garlic paste), cinnamon stick, curry leaves, chopped green chillies and saute well. 
  • Now add the chopped onions and saute until it turns translucent. 
  • Then add all the dry powders; red chilli powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, salt and saute well on low flame. 
  • When the raw smell leaves add the mashed potatoes and stir well until the masala blends with the potatoes well. 
  • Add chopped coriander leaves and stir well for another 2 minutes. Remove from flame and set aside. After it cools slightly, mix the potato mixture well and mash evenly with your fingers until it becomes an even and single mass. (Check for salt now and add if needed) 
  • Then make smooth medium sized balls out of this mixture and set aside. 
  • Now place a frying pan on flame and pour oil into it for deep frying (or shallow frying) the bondas. Set the flame on low mode and wait until the oil gets hot (not smoky hot). 
  • Meanwhile take a bowl pour dosa batter into it, if the dosa batter is too watery add a spoon of maida into it and mix well. 
  • Then dip the balls in the dosa batter and roll the ball gently in batter to coat it evenly. Hold it and shake gently to drop off excess batter. Then slide the balls gently into hot oil and fry on medium flame until the bondas turns slightly golden. Do the same with the rest of the balls. 
  • Remove from flame and place on a tissue paper to absorb excess oil. 
  • Serve with chutney or sauce!!

TIP 1: Add a spoon of maida to the dosa batter to make it thick, in case its watery. 

TIP 2: You can add a spoon of crushed cumin seeds while making the bondas, this adds flavor and also prevents flatulence or bloating. 

TIP 3: If you want more flavors add 1 tsp of garam masala to the masala. 

TIP 4: If you are going to shallow fry the bondas, take care to turn the bondas gently so that it does not break or the coating does not come off. 

TIP 5: You can also steam or boil the potatoes instead of pressure cooking them, but it will consume more time. 

TIP 6: The bondas will be crispy immediately after frying but will turn soggy later, but it will still taste good. 

TIP 7: I have made the masala very spicy, you can reduce the spice level according to your wish. 

TIP 8: Never add even a drop of water while making the potato masala. If you add water you will not be able to make balls out of it. 

Delicious and superb tea time snack is now ready!! Serve with your favorite chutney or sauce!! Makes a great combo with Coconut chutney!!

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  1. Wow,the idea is nice.this is new to me.will try.

  2. cute n perfectly done bondas.can enjoy in rainy season

  3. Looks so tempting.Nice one Divya

  4. Again one more feather on your cap for photography..and the recipe too..

  5. So wonderful and looks so yummy !!

  6. wow yummy bondas dear :) placing the bondas on paper gives it a street food kinda of homely presentation :)

  7. Sis what a unique recipe and looks so good, innovation queen ;) love it and also love the simplicity in your clicks

  8. Wow.. It's so delectable..

  9. Perfect tea-time snack. But never made it with dosa batter. Will give it a go.

  10. Same pinch we had this today..but without filling:) well done

  11. Tempting snack,perfect with a cup of tea.

  12. Delicious and inviting snack, Perfect with evening tea.
    Please do link it to the event in my space dear.. :)

  13. yummy always craving for.lovely clicks

  14. My MIL makes this way n her fav too, loved ur presentation dear!!!

  15. Awesome pics Divya... using dosa batter is new to me..

  16. Wow !! Yummy tea time muncher... U bonda looks tempting...

  17. Yummy bonda's to have during evening tea.Nice idea to dip in the dosa batter.Your blog is awesome with nice selection of recipes.Happy to follow you.

  18. Never tried using dosa batter. Will try today... Nice tea time snack

  19. This is new, newer and newest to me. Better start stocking up dosa batter now.:)

  20. ah this is good dosa batter and bondas what an idea boss ji

  21. Very easy to follow recipe and looks appetizing!

  22. nice clicks divya.. these are my fav snack :)

  23. Absolutely delicious aloo bonda. I made egg fritters by using dosa batter and it was amazing! so I could feel the taste of your yummy bondas dear.

    today's recipe:

  24. Never had these made with dosa batter before.. super yummy!

  25. Wow!!! Delicious. Want to grab one right away.

  26. Very attractive and definitely addictive bondas.

  27. Lovely Snacks Divya... Perfect for tea time... again a lovely presentation with nice photography.. Hats of to You Divya.

  28. I admire you using a low amount of oil to fry bonda, I find it always difficult. Bonda looks perfect.

  29. love it when some of u come up with awesome ideas of using the leftovers ! iam so so bad with it.. am learning.. and yes that shallow frying i also try...

  30. wow such a nice idea to use leftovers!!! very nicely done Divya!!!
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  31. i love the pictures Divya..very nice..your potato bonda looks yummy...making me hungry...

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