Mysore Bonda Recipe

Mysore Bonda Recipe

1 hour
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You know, there are some recipes that just transport you back to your childhood with one bite. For me, Mysore Bonda is one of those nostalgic dishes that brings back memories of rainy evenings spent with family, gathered around a steaming plate of these golden, crispy delights. I remember the first time I tasted Mysore Bonda - it was at a quaint little eatery tucked away in the streets of Mysore, Karnataka. The aroma of deep-fried goodness filled the air as I took my first bite, and I was instantly hooked. Since then, Mysore Bonda has held a special place in my heart, and I'm excited to share this cherished recipe with you today.




Recipe of Mysore Bonda with Red Chutney




Mysore Bonda:

  • Dahi (Yogurt): 1 cup
  • Baking powder: 1 tsp
  • Refined flour: 1 ½ cup
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • Black pepper powder: a pinch
  • Jeera (Cumin seeds): 1 tsp
  • Ginger, chopped: 1 tsp
  • Green chilli, chopped: 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves, chopped: 1 tsp
  • Water: as required
  • Oil: for deep frying

Red Chutney:

  • Onion: 2 pcs
  • Boiled red chillies: 7-8 pcs
  • Jaggery: 1 tbsp
  • Imli (Tamarind): 1 tbsp
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • Garlic cloves: 5-6
  • Water: as required


  • Oil: 1 tbsp
  • Urad dal: 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
  • Dry red chilli: 1 pc
  • Curry leaves: 8-10 pcs





For Mysore Bonda:

  1. In a bowl, mix dahi and baking powder until well combined.

  2. Gradually add refined flour to the dahi mixture and whisk it to form a smooth batter.

  3. Add salt, black pepper powder, jeera, chopped ginger, chopped green chilli, chopped curry leaves, and water. Mix until you get a very thick consistency batter. Set aside.

  4. Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat.

  5. Using a tablespoon or wet hands, take a small portion of the batter and smoothly slide it down into the hot oil.

  6. Fry the bondas on medium heat until they turn golden brown.

  7. Once done, remove them from the oil and drain the excess oil on a kitchen tissue.

For Red Chutney:

  1. In a mixer jar, add peeled onions, boiled red chillies, jaggery, imli, salt, garlic, and some water. Grind into a smooth paste.

  2. Heat oil in a pan, add urad dal and sauté until golden brown.

  3. Add mustard seeds, dry red chilli, and curry leaves. Let them crackle.

  4. Pour in the ground paste and cook for 2-3 minutes.

  5. Red chutney is now ready to serve.


  1. Heat oil in a small pan.

  2. Add urad dal and mustard seeds. Let them splutter.

  3. Add dry red chilli and curry leaves. Sauté for a few seconds.

  4. Pour this tempering over the prepared red chutney.


Serve the crispy and delicious Mysore Bonda hot with the tangy and spicy red chutney.

Enjoy the delightful flavors of this classic South Indian snack!





About the Recipe:


Mysore Bonda is a popular South Indian snack that hails from the city of Mysore in Karnataka. It is made from a simple batter consisting of urad dal, rice flour, and spices, which is deep-fried until golden brown and crispy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. Traditionally, Mysore Bonda is served with coconut chutney and sambar, making it the perfect accompaniment to a cup of hot tea or coffee. Whether enjoyed as a snack or as part of a meal, Mysore Bonda never fails to delight with its irresistible flavor and texture.



Cooking Tips:


  1. Soak the urad dal for at least 4-6 hours or overnight to ensure it blends into a smooth batter.
  2. Add a pinch of baking soda to the batter to make the bondas light and airy.
  3. Keep the oil at the right temperature - too hot, and the bondas will brown too quickly on the outside while remaining raw inside; too low, and they will absorb too much oil.
  4. Use a spoon or wet hands to shape the batter into small balls before frying to ensure uniform cooking.
  5. Serve the bondas hot and fresh for the best taste and texture.



Pairing Guide:


Mysore Bonda pairs perfectly with coconut chutney, sambar, or a spicy tomato chutney. It also goes well with a cup of filter coffee or masala chai for a traditional South Indian snack experience.




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mysore Bonda:


  1. What is Mysore Bonda? Mysore Bonda is a popular South Indian snack made from a batter of urad dal, rice flour, and spices, deep-fried until golden brown and crispy.

  2. What are the key ingredients used in making Mysore Bonda? The main ingredients used in Mysore Bonda include urad dal, rice flour, green chilies, ginger, curry leaves, and salt.

  3. How is Mysore Bonda different from regular bonda? Mysore Bonda is slightly different from regular bonda in terms of its ingredients and preparation method. It typically contains urad dal and is flavored with green chilies and ginger, giving it a distinct flavor profile.

  4. Can I make Mysore Bonda without urad dal? Urad dal is a key ingredient in Mysore Bonda, and it cannot be substituted with other ingredients. However, you can try variations of bonda using different types of lentils or flours.

  5. Is Mysore Bonda gluten-free? Yes, Mysore Bonda is gluten-free as it is made from rice flour and urad dal, which are naturally gluten-free ingredients.

  6. How do I get the perfect crispy texture in Mysore Bonda? To achieve the perfect crispy texture, ensure that the oil is hot enough before frying the bondas and fry them until golden brown and crispy on the outside.

  7. Can I make Mysore Bonda ahead of time? While Mysore Bonda is best enjoyed fresh and hot, you can prepare the batter in advance and fry the bondas just before serving to retain their crispiness.

  8. What can I serve with Mysore Bonda? Mysore Bonda is typically served with coconut chutney, sambar, or a spicy tomato chutney for dipping.

  9. Can I freeze leftover Mysore Bonda? While Mysore Bonda is best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze any leftovers and reheat them in the oven or air fryer until crispy.

  10. Is Mysore Bonda suitable for vegetarians? Yes, Mysore Bonda is a vegetarian snack that does not contain any meat or animal products.



That's all for now! I hope you enjoy making and savoring this delicious Mysore Bonda recipe!