If you liked this post, do check out the other delightful recipes in the Kapi Falhaar series
1. Godachi Kapi (Traditional Brewed Coffee with Palm Jaggery)
2. Chattambade (Bengal Gram Fritters)
3. Mithai Ladoo | Boondi Laddu
4. Goli Baje (Plain Flour Fritters)
Beetroot Bonda | Vegetable Bonda
For the mash:
- 500 grams potatoes about 2 medium-big
- 125 grams (1/2 of a medium) sized beetroot
- 80-100 grams carrots about 1 medium sized * see note#1
- 80-100 grams green peas approx 1/2 cup – frozen ones will do * see note#2
- salt to taste
For the seasoning:
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 2 small green chillies minced de seed them to tone down the spice or adjust the quantity to taste
- 20-25 curry leaves about 3 sprigs, finely shredded
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
- salt to taste
- 1-2 tablespoons oil
For the batter/coating:
- 2 cups gram flour/chickpea flour besan * see note#3
- 1/2 tablespoon rice flour * see note#4
- 1 teaspoon plain red chilli powder adjust to taste
- 1 pinch soda bi carb baking soda
- 1 pinch carom seeds ajwain/omam
- 1 pinch asafoetida hing
- salt to taste I used approx 1-1/4 teaspoons
- approx 1-3/4 cups of water or as required to make the batter – see notes before proceeding
- Oil for deep frying * see note#6
There are two ways to cook the vegetables:
- A) You can pressure cook the whole potatoes (washed but not peeled or cut) in some water (enough to cover them) and salt for about 6-7 whistles. Then turn off the heat and let the cooker cool down to room temperature and then open the lid. Don’t leave the potatoes after this point as they will begin to absorb the water and turn soggy when mashed. Remove, peel and mash. In another pan add the peeled and finely chopped carrots and beetroots, salt and cook till tender. Mash them well and add the potato mash and peas and mash everything well
- B) You can cook everything in one go by peeling the potatoes, beetroots and carrots and chopping them into tiny cubes. Transfer to a pressure cooker and add just enough water to prevent scorching. I used approx (little less than) 3/4th cup of water and salt to taste. Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles and turn off the heat. Let the cooker cool down before opening the lid. Mash well, add the frozen peas and mash coarsely.
- Heat the oil in a wok/kadhai and add the mustard seeds. When the stop spluttering add the shredded curry leaves, minced ginger and green chillies and reduce the heat. Fry for half a minute and then add the prepared vegetable mash. Stir in the chopped coriander and let the mixture cool completely. Form lemon sized balls and keep aside (*see notes).
- Sift in the gram flour, rice flour, salt, hing and chilli powder into a bowl. Stir in the carom seeds and add the water 1/4 cup at a time and mix until you get a loose batter – it should neither be too thick nor too thin. Try dropping a little batter and it should fall into droplets.
- Heat oil for deep frying – to test readiness, pour 1-2 drops of the batter into it and if the droplets come to the surface immediately with bubbles around them, the oil is ready. Maintain the heat of the oil on a medium high – too hot and the bonda will burn. Not hot enough and they will absorb too much oil.
- When the oil is ready, dip the prepared balls into the batter, roll well to coat evenly and release into the oil one by one. Do not over crowd the pan. Use a slotted spoon to flip them over and fry evenly till golden. Drain and remove onto an absorbent kitchen tissue.
- Serve hot with chutney or ketchup.
2. If you use frozen peas you don’t need to cook them too much as they are already soft and will mash easily. However if you are using fresh peas then cook them along with the other veggies or pressure cook them with the potatoes. 3. Depending on the quality and texture (coarse or fine grind) of the gram flour the quantity of water will vary. In India you may get several varieties of gram flour that are used in the preparations of sweets and savouries – each will have a different texture so use water as required.
4. The addition of rice flour is optional but will make the bondas crisp on the outside. Carom seeds are optional but recommended as they will help prevent gas/flatulence 5. While shaping the balls if the mixture seems too sticky it maybe because it is still hot or you’ve added a little too much water to cook the veggies. Allow the mixture to cool completely or pop it in the fridge for 15 mins to help harden up a bit. Worst case scenario: Add fresh bread crumbs to help get rid of the extra moisture – do note that it may tone down the flavours of the mixture.
6. Make sure that the wok/kadhai used to fry the bonda is sufficiently big. If you use very little oil, the bondas owing to their weight will sink and settle at the base. Sufficient amount of oil and the right temperature of the oil is essential to help them float and fry evenly.
The nutritional values are only indicative.