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The real South Indian Bonda.jpg
Alternative namesAloo-Chop(in Odisha)
Place of originSouth India
Region or stateOdisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsGram flour batter, potato (or other vegetables)

Bonda is a typical South Indian snack[1][2] that has various sweet and spicy versions in different regions.


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]


Bonda served

The process of making a spicy bonda involves potato filling dipped in gram flour batter.

Bonda has a sweet and a spicy variant. Keralites prefer the sweet one called Sugiyan, while the savoury version is common in the rest of India.

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.

Vegetable Bonda is a dish of Udupi cuisine, where fresh green peas and other finely chopped vegetables like French beans, carrot and coriander leaves are used as filling. Mangalore bonda is another delicacy from Karnataka. This bonda, however, is made from maida (all-purpose flour).

Mangalore Bonda is a popular snack in South India.[4] The new variation of bonda is grilled pineapple topped with sugar and black pepper placed on banana leaf.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Take pride in the bonda or pakora. It is our gift to the world". Hindustan Times. April 18, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  2. ^ Gupta, Chef Niru (February 1, 2016). "10 Best Karnataka (Kannada) Recipes". Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  3. ^ K.T. Achaya (2003). The Story of Our Food. Universities Press. p. 85. ISBN 978-81-7371-293-7.
  4. ^ Richa Hingle. Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen: Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook. Sanjay&Co. ISBN 978-19-41252-10-9.
  5. ^ Ranveer Brar. "Mangalore Bonda".

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