Onion Bonda

This is a popular South Indian snack that can be enjoyed with cups of hot coffee. Full of flavour and taste, these bondas are easy to make and can be prepared even when unexpected guests drop in. No one will be able to stop eating just one bonda, they will ask for more.

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Onion Bonda

Onion Bonda

Main ingredients Onions, Gram flour, Curry leaves, Green chillies, Ginger, Oil
Cuisine South Indian
Course Starter
Prep time 25-30 minutes
Cook time 10-15 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Savoury
Level of cooking Easy
Others Veg


  • 2 large onions
  • 1½ cups gram flour (besan)
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1-inch ginger
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp caroms seeds (ajwain)
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tsps coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • Oil for greasing + for deep frying
  • Green chutney to serve


  1. Thinly slice onions, finely shred curry leaves, finely chop green chillies and grate ginger.
  2. Transfer sliced onions into a large bowl. Add salt and mix well. Set aside for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Add ginger, green chillies and curry leaves and mix well. Add carom seeds, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder and gram flour and mix well. Add baking soda and mix till the mixture comes together and forms a soft dough.
  4. Grease your palms with some oil, take small portions of the mixture and shape them into balls. These are bondas.
  5. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Gently slide in a few bondas at a time into hot oil and deep fry till golden brown and crisp. Drain on an absorbent paper. Deep fry the remaining bondas similarly.
  6. Serve hot with green chutney.