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Alternative namesAloo chop/Aloo Bonda(in Odisha)
Place of originSouth India
Region or stateOdisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Maharashtra
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsGram flour batter, potato (or other vegetables)

Bonda is a deep-fried South Indian potato snack[1][2] that has various sweet and savory versions in different regions. The most common is aloo bonda (potato bonda), and other region-specific variations include potato replaced with sweet potato, tapioca, grated pineapple, green peas, paneer, or other ingredients.


A recipe for bonda (as parika) is mentioned in Manasollasa, a 12th-century Sanskrit encyclopedia compiled by Someshvara III, who ruled from present-day Karnataka.[3]


Mangalore bonda
Bonda soup: urad dal bonda served with hot dal soup

The process of making a spicy bonda involves making a potato filling which is dipped in gram flour batter and deep-fried.

Bonda has a sweet and a spicy variant.

Some regional variants in Kerala replace the potato with tapioca (tapioca bonda) or sweet potato and some onion, hard-boiled egg (mutta Bonda), masala, minced meat and other ingredients.

In Tamil Nadu, bonda is made from black gram (ulundu) batter.

In Andhra Pradesh, it is known as poornalu.

Vegetable bonda is a dish of Udupi cuisine, where fresh green peas and other finely chopped vegetables like French beans, carrots and coriander leaves are used as filling.[4] Goli baje or Mangalore bonda or Mangalore bajji is another variant from Karnataka. This bonda, however, is made from maida flour (refined flour).

See also


  1. ^ "Take pride in the bonda or pakora. It is our gift to the world". Hindustan Times. 18 April 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  2. ^ Gupta, Chef Niru (1 February 2016). "10 Best Karnataka (Kannada) Recipes". Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  3. ^ K.T. Achaya (2003). The Story of Our Food. Universities Press. p. 85. ISBN 978-81-7371-293-7.
  4. ^ "Vegetable Bonda ,Veg Bonda Recipe". Udupi-Recipes. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2020.