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Batata Vada – Aloo Bonda (Fried Potato Dumpling)

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Batata Vada also known as aloo bonda, deep fried savory appetizer made with spicy potato mix. When they are serve hot they are crispy outside and soft inside. This is a very popular street food in Mumbai.

Serves 3

Batata Vada - Bhonda (Fried Potato Dumplings) Recipe by ManjulaIngredients:

  • 3 medium potatoes boiled peeled and roughly chopped (this will make 2 cups of chopped potatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds (rai)
  • 7-10 curry leaves chopped, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1 green chili finely chopped adjust to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (hara dhania)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste

For Batter

  • 1/2 cup besan, gram flour (available in Indian grocery stores)
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • About 1/4 cup of water
  • Oil to fry

Method

Batter

  1. In a bowl mix besan, rice flour, salt, asafetida, pepper, and baking powder. Add water slowly to make a thick and smooth batter. Set aside.

Vada

  1. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat moderately.
  2. Add mustard seeds as the seeds crack add curry leaves, (curry leaves splatters) potatoes, ginger, green chili, turmeric, and salt.
  3. Stir fry for about 3 minutes over medium heat. Add cilantro mix it well. Turn of the heat.
  4. Let the potato mix cool off, divide them into about 12 pieces and make them into smooth round ball, they will be little smaller then golf ball.
  5. Heat about 1”of oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. To check if the oil is ready, put one drop of batter in oil. The batter should come up but not change color right away.
  6. Dip the potato balls into the batter one at a time, making sure the potato balls are completely covered with batter. Then, slowly drop them into the frying pan.
  7. Turn them occasionally. Fry the batata vadas until all sides are golden-brown.
  8. Batata vadas will take about four minutes to cook.
  9. Serve them hot with cilantro chutney.

 Variations

Serve them with sandwich buns using cilantro chutney as spread. Now this is known as Vada pav, another famous street food in Mumbai.


7 thoughts on “Batata Vada – Aloo Bonda (Fried Potato Dumpling)

  1. February 18, 2014 at 11:09 pm
    Manjula , it has not been changed from baking powder to soda… I just checked the comments otherwise would have got baking powder as i didnt see the video

    Batter

    In a bowl mix besan, rice flour, salt, asafetida, pepper, and baking powder. Add water slowly to make a thick and smooth batter. Set aside.

  2. hi manjula, i’m dying to try out your recipe but can i change besan into another kind of flour?
    because i can’t find it everywhere in my town
    thank you so much

  3. Hi Manjula,
    They look so yummy – I watched your video and would love to make them.
    Your video says to use “baking soda” – the recipe says to use “baking powder” – I’m guessing the baking soda is the correct ingredient?

    1. MANJULA –
      I was hoping you would reply to my question above – is the correct ingredient for the batter Baking Soda or Baking Powder.
      If it’s Baking Soda, it needs to be changed in the recipe.
      Thank you,
      Barbara

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