Mysore Bonda

After the Jharkhandi snack yesterday, let us come down south to Karnataka and taste their snack as well.

My personal connection to Karnataka is through my paternal grand father who moved from Bellary in Karnataka to settle down in Gooty, Andhra Pradesh almost a century back. So my dad and his siblings were treated to a lot of variety in terms of food. Since my grandpa was the head of a large family, he offered shelter to a few of his widowed aunts and cousins who lent a hand in the kitchen bringing in the 'Karnatic touch' in the food dished out at home.

My mom apparently ate these Bondas/Fritters as a young bride almost 50 years back. She says it used to be an instant snack made when unexpected guests pop in at tea time. 

She also notes that the original recipe (as made by the previous generation) doesn't include the Sooji/Semolina/Rava but it has slowly absorbed some changes over a period of time. Moreover in those days, usage of onions was strictly not allowed and so the basic ingredients of flour, sour curds, salt and green chillies were enough to dish out these tangy cuties!

Try them out while you are here. Meanwhile, I shall drive down to the neighboring state of Kerala and see what I can come up with. See you all tomorrow!

Ingredients - 

Maida/All Purpose Flour 1 cup
Sooji 4 Tbsp
Onion, chopped 1/2 cup
Yogurt/Curds, preferably sour 1/2 cup
Green chillies, chopped as needed
Coriander leaves, chopped 2 Tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Mysore Bonda

Method Of Preparation -

In a mixing bowl, add the flour, sooji, salt, green chilies, onions and chopped coriander leaves.

Mix well and add yogurt/curds to make a thick batter.

Mix well, cover and set aside for 5-10 min.

Heat oil in a wok/kadai. The oil is hot enough when a small amount of batter is put into the oil and the batter rises to the top almost immediately.

Drop spoon fulls of batter into the hot oil and fry them until they are uniformly golden brown all over.

Remove onto the paper towels to drain excess oil.

Continue with the rest of the batter.

Serve them hot with a chutney of your choice.

Preparation Time 30 min
Serves 3-4


  1. Priya Says:
  2. mysore bonda looks great n ur story too

  3. Priya Suresh Says:
  4. Mysore bonda makes me nostalgic, would love to munch some.

  5. looks wonderful bookmarking :)

  6. Srivalli Says:
  7. Lovely presentation Harini, not to mention how addictive this bonda must nice..

  8. Unknown Says:
  9. Looks too good!!

  10. I feel like making these right now..they really are tempting, lovely combination of flours.

  11. Moving must have been a huge task in those days when people rarely moved. The bonda are lovely, nice and crispy. Love your little chutney tray.

  12. Unknown Says:
  13. love the crispy outside and soft inside bondas!!! so delicious and yummm

  14. Bondas look so yumm...

  15. Tempting snack!!! addictive too!!

  16. Such a tempting and addictive snack.....

  17. My all time favorite bonda..Taste great with cup of tea..

  18. jayanthi Says:
  19. quick and tasty snack.. perfect for when you need something in a hurry

  20. Suma Gandlur Says:
  21. A great tea time snack.

  22. Pavani Says:
  23. Yummy tea time snack. They are too addictive. Yummy tea time snack.

  24. Archana Says:
  25. Love mysore bonda. The the the mess had these as a snack I used to eat more snacks. Great choice Harini.

  26. Yummy bonda! I have tasted these many times but never made them at home. Nice recipe for the state.

  27. Unknown Says:
  28. I love mysore bonda a lot just drooling here looking at those scrumptious bondas :)

  29. Padmajha Says:
  30. Enjoyed reading this post Harini. Somehow the recipes do undergo changes with the passage of time na!And loved the styling of the second pic:)

  31. unnatisilks Says:
  32. They look crisp and so yummy!!
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