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Crispy Fritter Dipped in a Hot Soup | Bonda Soup | Bonda Sambar | Karnataka Style Bonda Soup

Ingredients for Bonda:  

  • 1 cup urad dal 

  • Salt to taste

  • 1/4 cup water 

  • 1 green chilli, finely chopped 

  • 1 sprig curry leaves, finely chopped 

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground  

  • 1 tsp ginger, finely chopped 

  • 1 tbsp fresh coconut, grated 

  • 1/4 tsp baking soda 

  • Oil  

Ingredients for Soup: 

  • 1/2 cup moong dal  

  • 1 green chill, slitted 

  • 1 small onion, chopped 

  • 1 small tomato, chopped 

  • 1-inch ginger, chopped 

  • Salt to taste 

  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 

  • 1 tbsp sambar powder 

  • 1 1/2 cup water + extra water 

  • 1 tbsp oil 

  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds  

  • 1/4 cumin seeds 

  • 1/4 Asafoetida / Hing 

  • Few curry leaves


  1. Rinse the urad dal 2 to 3 times and soak the urad dal at least for 2 hours. 

  2. After 2 hours, drain the soaked water from the dal. 

  3. In a blender, add urad dal, salt and 1/4 water, blend into a smooth paste. 

  4. Transfer the urad dal paste into a bowl and aerate the better for 2 minutes. 

  5. Now add green chilli, curry leaves, pepper powder, ginger, coconut, baking soda, and mix well. (The batter should be dropping consistency). 

  6. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and drop lime sized batter balls into the oil. 

  7. Deep fry them until golden & crispy. Keep them aside. 

  8. To make the soup rinse the moong dal and transfer that to a pressure cooker. 

  9. Add chilli, onion, tomato, salt, turmeric powder, sambar powder and 1 1/2 cup water.  

  10. Pressure cook the moong dal for about 2 to 3 whistle and let the pressure release itself. 

  11. Open the lid and mash the moong dal well and adjust the water. 

  12. Boil the moong dal soup for 5 minutes and keep that aside. 

  13. In a small pan, heat the oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and let them crackle. 

  14. Now add hing, curry leaves and then add that into the soup. 

  15. In a serving bowl, add 4 to 5 bondas and pour in the hot soup/sambar onto the bondas. 

  16. Serve the bonda soup as Breakfast or snack.


Note: I used sambar powder, mustard seeds and curry leaves in this recipe; you can skip them and make a mild soup or use them if you like sambar taste soup.


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