If you are not getting the perfect shape of Medhu Vada.. Don't complain.. make Ulundu Bonda :-)
Ulundu Bonda Recipe | Urad Dal Bonda, is one of the popular evening snack in Southern India. This Bonda is a round shaped crispy snack made with urad dal along with other spices. It’s a great tea time snack and usually served with Coconut Chutney. Its also referred popularly as “Mysore Bonda”. I have always been known that Mysore Bonda is made with Maida. But also I keep hearing that Mysore bonda is made with Urad dal. All I have ever known is this delicious Ulundu Bonda is a always a popular snack in Tamilnadu too and whenever we go for any chaat shops or pantry or any restaurants in the evening, this Ulundu Bonda will be on top of the menu.
The procedure for making Ulundu Bonda, is just similar to Medhu Vadai. Soaking Urad dal and grind it to a fluffy batter, same as Medhuvadia. For Bonda, we generally add peppercorns, finely chopped coconut pieces in addition to all the other ingredients. Also we don’t need to shape the bonda like vada with a hole in the center. We just need to drop the batter like a dumpling in hot oil. It’s quite simple than the vada. We don’t have to worry about the shape 🙂 . Though this is not an instant version as it involves soaking, still a pretty easy and simple recipe.
(For the detailed step by step instructions along with pictures and more details, please scroll down further to Steps section below)
Soaking Urad Dal
Grinding Bonda Batter
Strain it and grind it in a grinder by adding 3 tablespoon of water. Grind it till the urdhal is smooth without any lumps. If we grind it in mixer, just add water little by little at a time and grind it till the batter is smooth. Do not add more water. Take it from grinder after the Urad Dal is ground properly. If you take the flour in your wet hands, it should roll like a ball. If we drop a pinch of batter in water, it should float it in water. If the batter gets sunk, then we need to grind it more. This is the right stage to remove from the grinder. If we are grinding in mixer, then take out the smooth bonda batter and beat it nicely for 3-5 minutes using a whisk or ladle. This will aerate the batter. This step is very important and not to be skipped, we if are grinding batter in mixer, otherwise, the bondas will be harder.
Spice up the batter
Deep Frying Process
Heat oil in a pan. Check the hotness of the oil. If you drop a pinch of batter, it should raise immediately in the oil. Then the oil is ready. Wet your fingers and palm with water and take a dollop of batter, roll it like a ball and then gently drop in oil. In each batch add 3-4 pieces and deep fry the bondas till they are crispy and golden brown. Flip the bondas so that they get evenly fried up and make sure the flame is low while frying the bondas. Take out the fried bondas and keep it on a paper towel to drain excess oil