March 17, 2022

Vegetable Bonda | Mix Veg Bonda | Tarkari Bonda - Vegan Snack

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 Vegetable Bonda or mix veg bonda is a very popular tea time snack in Southern India. Just as Batata Vada is a loved snack in Maharashtra, similarly Mix veg bonda is a sought after snack just as popular as Vazhakkai Bajji in south india especially in Tamil Nadu .

As the sun begins to set and the evening starts to feel young ,the small food carts  along the streets start preparing to handle the evening rush by dishing out piping hot vegetable bondas and serve them with a slightly runny coconut chutney . People love to enjoy the hot and spicy bondas with some tea as they catch up some good time with their near and dear ones .

Not only is it a famous as a street food,but it is also served at weddings too . A typical Tambrahm wedding would definitely serve these tasty bondas along with tasty flavored Sevai (string hoppers) and some rich and royal sweet dish on the evening prior to the wedding ,while the groom's family is welcomed by the bride's family .

When served for weddings, normally onion and garlic are omitted but on other days you can add them to the vegetable mixture to make it all the more tasty and delicious. 

Preparation Time - 30 to 40 mins
Frying time - 20 to 30 mins
Makes - 15 to 20 bondas 
Complexity - medium 


For the filling 

5 medium sized potatoes 
3 small carrots finely chopped 
1/2 cup boiled green peas 
3 to 4 green chillies finely chopped 
10 to 12 cashews roughly broken
1 tsp ginger grated or finely chopped 
1/2 tsp turmeric 
Salt as needed 
Pinch of asafoetida 
Lots of chopped corriander
Handful of curry leaves chopped
1 small onion finely chopped (optional)
2 small cloves of garlic finely crushed /chopped (optional)

For the batter
1.5  cups besan /gram flour 
2 tbsp rice flour 
1 tsp red chilli powder
Pinch of asafoetida 
Salt as needed 

Oil to deep fry 


Preparing the Filling. 

  • Pressure cook the potatoes until soft . Let it cool before peeling the skin.  Boil the chopped carrots in an open pan until soft and well cooked. 
  • In a wide mixing bowl, mash the boiled potatoes roughly, add to it chopped green chilli, boiled carrots, peas, ginger, cashews, curry leaves,asafoetida, corriander, salt and turmeric and mix it well with your hands to form a smooth and nice filling . Adjust salt if needed . If you are using garlic or onion add them at this stage and mix it along with other ingredients. 
  • Pinch out lemon sized balls from the filling and make smooth round balls and keep aside .

Preparing the Batter

  • Place the oil in a deep wok / kadai for heating. 
  • In another mixing bowl,add the gram flour, rice flour, salt ,red chilli powder, asafoetida and make a batter of dropping consistency by adding water gradually . 
  • Incase ,you happen to add more water by mistake,add a little more gramflour to thicken the batter to get to the right consistency. 

Frying the Bondas 

  • Take vegetable mixture/filling dumpling and drop them into the batter carefully .
  • Coat each of the dumpling well with the gram flour batter and carefully drop it into the hot oil.
  • If you have a medium sized kadai, drop only 4 to 5 bondas at a time and never over crowd the frying pan. 
  • Slowly splash oil on the bondas and gently flip it over at regular intervals. 
  • Fry until the oil stops sizzling and hissing and the bondas appear crisp and golden brown.
  • Carefully drain it on an absorbent paper and serve hot with coconut chutney and filter coffee. 

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  1. These vegetable bonda are so inviting. A snack that is easy to prepare and best enjoyed piping hot. Miss all those food carts by the roadsides buzzing with life.

  2. jaanuvasam memories of every weeding featuring damrot (kashi halwa) and this veg bonda!! swalpa parcel maadi, madam... thindhu thumba varshagalu aayitu !

  3. Addition of vegetables to the potato mixture gives a good taste to these bonda. Ideal to serve as an evening snack.

  4. Mix Vegetable bonda looks irresistible . Just need some fresh filter coffee to go with it. Adding mix vegetables is a fabulous idea. Bonda makes me nostalgic . Lovely Priya.

  5. Vegetable bonda looks inviting priya! Hot bondas with filter coffee is pure bliss! Its been ages since i made these delish bondas, your post is tempting to try some now!

  6. One cup coffee and a ouple of hot bondas is time that has paused. I loved making these after a long time, Priya

  7. Priya these bonda's look so inviting and delicious. I was thinking with a cup of tea, but this filter coffee sounds amazing. I have to learn how to make filter coffee first.


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