Bonda soup

Recipe for Bonda Soup

Bonda Soup is a popular breakfast recipe in Karnataka. Many restaurants in Bangalore serve Bonda soup along with other breakfast delicacies like Idli, dosa, Khara Bath (Upma), Vada etc.

Bonda soup is a fritter (like Medu Vada) made with Urad dal, soaked in a soup made with Moong Dal. The process for making Bonda is the same as that to make Medu Vada. The only difference is in the shape. Bonda is typically shaped like a ball and is quite big. Therefore, in restaurants, usually, one bonda is given in a serving. The soup is made by cooking moong dal in mild spices. The fried and cooled Bondas and dipped in piping hot soup and served. The combination tastes excellent when served with a spoon of Ghee.

So, let’s start with the recipe:

Kitchen Equipment Needed:

Ingredients for making Bonda Soup:

Ingredients for making Bonda:

  • 1 Cup Urad Dal; washed and soaked in 2 cups of water for 4-5 hours)


  • 2 tbsp Finely Chopped Fresh Coriander Leaves
  • 1 tsp Crushed Black Peppercorns
  • Salt; to taste
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Curry Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Finely Chopped Ginger
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • Oil; for Frying

Ingredients for making Soup:

  • 1 Cup Moong Dal; washed and soaked in 2 cups of water for 4-5 hours


  • 1½ tbsp Oil
  • ⅓ tsp Asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp Finely Chopped Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Finely Chopped Garlic
  • 2-3 Green Chillies; Slit
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 8-10 Curry Leaves
  • 1 Medium-Sized Onion; Finely Chopped
  • 1 Medium-Sized Tomato; Finely Chopped
  • Salt; to taste
  • ⅔ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Grated Coconut
  • ½ Lemon; Juice Extracted
  • 2-3 Cups Water
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves; for garnishing

Additionally

  • Ghee; while serving

Method for making Bonda Soup:

Method to make Bonda:

  • Drain out the excess water from the Urad Dal.


  • Grind it into a fine paste. If you find it difficult to make a fine paste without adding extra water, add water spoon by spoon. Use as little water as possible.


  • Transfer this paste to a big mixing bowl.


  • Add ginger, coriander, curry leaves, black pepper, cumin seeds and salt.


  • Mix well. Now, with your hand, beat this mixture well for about 5-7 minutes till it becomes light and foamy.


  • To test whether the batter is ready, take a bowl of water. Put a small portion of the whisked batter on it. If it floats, the batter is ready.


  • Heat oil in a pan.


  • Take portions of the batter and drop them into medium-hot oil.


  • Fry them till they are golden brown. Remove them on a paper towel and let them cool.

Method to make Soup:

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker. On medium heat, fry ginger, garlic, green chillies, cumin seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida.


  • Add onions. Fry till they are translucent.


  • Add tomatoes.


  • Add turmeric powder and salt. Reduce the heat. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes.


  • Now, add the soaked moong dal.


  • Add 3 cups of water and pressure cook the dal.


  • After the dal is cooked, if it looks thick, add some more water and boil it.


  • Add grated coconut, fresh coriander and lemon juice.


  • Taste and adjust the salt. Boil for 1-2 minutes. The soup is ready.

Instructions for serving:

  • Put 2-3 Bondas in a serving bowl.
  • Pour a generous amount of soup on it.
  • Drizzle about one teaspoon of ghee.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve.

Bonda Soup is ready!

Here is the recipe in printable format:

Bonda soup

Recipe for Bonda Soup

Padmini
Crispy Urad Dal fritters dipped in a thin, mild-flavoured, piping hot Moong Dal soup. A perfect breakfast for a cold and rainy morning.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Soaking Time 4 hours
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 People

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixer grinder
  • Frying Pan
  • Knives and Chopping board
  • Pressure Cooker

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for making Bonda

  • 1 Cup Urad Dal; washed and soaked in 2 cups of water for 4-5 hours)
  • 2 tbsp Finely Chopped Fresh Coriander Leaves
  • 1 tsp Crushed Black Peppercorns
  • Salt; to taste
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Curry Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Finely Chopped Ginger
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • Oil; for Frying

Ingredients for making Soup

  • 1 Cup Moong Dal; washed and soaked in 2 cups of water for 4-5 hours
  • tbsp Oil
  • tsp Asafoetida
  • 1 tbsp Finely Chopped Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Finely Chopped Garlic
  • 2-3 Green Chillies; Slit
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 8-10 Curry Leaves
  • 1 Medium-Sized Onion; Finely Chopped
  • 1 Medium-Sized Tomato; Finely Chopped
  • Salt; to taste
  • tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Grated Coconut
  • ½ Lemon; Juice Extracted
  • 2-3 Cups Water
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves; for garnishing

Additionally

  • Ghee; while serving

Instructions
 

Method to make Bonda:

  • Drain out the excess water from the Urad Dal.
  • Grind it into a fine paste. If you find it difficult to make a fine paste without adding extra water, add water spoon by spoon. Use as little water as possible.
  • Transfer this paste to a big mixing bowl.
  • Add ginger, coriander, curry leaves, black pepper, cumin seeds and salt.
  • Mix well. Now, with your hand beat this mixture well for about 5-7 minutes, till it becomes light and foamy.
  • To test whether the batter is ready, take a bowl of water. Put a small portion of the whisked batter on it. If it floats, the batter is ready.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Take portions of the batter and drop them into medium-hot oil.
  • Fry them till they are golden brown.
  • Remove them on a paper towel and let them cool.

Method to make Soup:

  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker.
  • On medium heat, fry ginger, garlic, green chillies, cumin seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida.
  • Add onions. Fry till they are translucent.
  • Add tomatoes.
  • Add turmeric powder and salt. Reduce the heat. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Now, add the soaked moong dal.
  • Add 3 cups of water and pressure cook the dal.
  • After the dal is cooked, if it looks thick, add some more water and boil it.
  • Add grated coconut, fresh coriander and lemon juice.
  • Taste and adjust the salt.
  • Boil for 1-2 minutes. Soup is ready.

Instructions for serving

  • Put 2-3 bondas in a serving bowl.
  • Pour a generous amount of soup on it.
  • Drizzle about 1 teaspoon of ghee.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve.
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