Deep fried snacks are always welcome at home. So on a weekend cloudy evening, I wanted some snack for the kids. Then I remembered that I had bookmarked this recipe by Vasavi Suresh. The original recipe called for bread crumbs instead of the besan batter. In fact I gave it a try. But after the first batch was done, I felt it was absorbing too much of oil. I also tried making some in the paniyaram/ponganala penam. But it didn't feel/taste the same like a comfort food should! But I am sure they would have worked like koftas in a gravy. (Never mind, we gobbled them too!!) So I quickly changed gears and converted them into bondas. Also I don't add green chillies when I know for sure I would be offering this to the kids. So feel free to alter the seasonings/spices as per taste. Finally I was happy with the bondas and all of us enjoyed a filling snack.

Ingredients - 

Mini Farfalle 1 cup (Or any pasta small in size)
Potato boiled and mashed 2 cups
Salt as per taste
Mirchi Powder 1/2 tsp (or as per taste)
Onion finely chopped 1/4 cup
Besan/Chick pea flour 1 cup
Ajwain/vaamu 1 tsp (optional)
Coriander leaves/Cilantro/Kothimeera chopped 3 Tbsp
Oil for deep frying
Made in Paniyaram/Ponganala penam

Method Of Preparation - 

Boil the mini farfalle as per instructions on the box. Drain and keep aside.

In a mixing bowl, add the mashed potato, boiled mini farfalle, mirchi powder, salt, chopped onion and coriander leaves and mix them well mashing the pasta if required to get a dough like consistency.

Make balls out of the mixture and keep them covered.

Meanwhile prepare the besan batter adding water, ajwain and salt. Make sure the besan batter is not too runny.

Heat the oil in medium heat.

Gently drop the alu-pasta balls dipped in the besan batter one at a time and make sure the pan is not overcrowded. 

Fry them until golden brown and repeat the process until the alu-pasta mixture is done!

We like to sprinkle a little Black salt (Kala Namak) on the bondas and some tomato ketchup by the side...yummy...some comfort food this is ...hmmm..

Sending it to the 'Bookmarked Recipes' hosted by Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal.

Serves 4 Adults
Preparation Time 45 min


  1. Unknown Says:
  2. Hi Harini,

    Looks yummy...:)


  3. Pari Vasisht Says:
  4. Thanks Harini for stopping at my space gave me an opportunity to explore urs.
    That's a very interesting way of using the pasta. Kids would love it.

  5. aipi Says:
  6. wow..that's an absolutely awesome and fun idea will love it..!
    Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmarked event.

    US Masala

  7. Satya Says:
  8. wow its a superb idea of making bondas with farfalle...looks delicious ..yummy


  9. Umm Mymoonah Says:
  10. Very different recipe, looks very yummy. Perfect for this weather.

  11. aipi Says:
  12. Hi Harini- There is really no mystery. Its just that Priya asked me to co-host this event with her. So you can post your recipes to this event either through Priya's site or through mine and they show up in both places (this magic is done my Mr. Linky). Again, you can link back to my site or to Priya's but it is best to mention both our names when linking back. Hope that help clarify. Take care and happy cooking.

    US Masala

  13. Priya Suresh Says:
  14. Woww those cute looking bondas tempts me a lot...sooo tempting..

  15. looks delicious. bondas are really tempting. would love this snack with some tea..

  16. Anu Menon Says:
  17. Yummie!!! I wish I could just bake em and cut out all the oil but yea I know its the deep fried taste that tickles the taste buds

  18. Very innovative recipe. Looks yummy!

  19. veena Says:
  20. Wow this sounds very interesting. My daughter will love this. Bookmarked

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