After preparing Besan Bonda I started thinking about a particular snack place in India. We stayed in Mambalam in Chennai, and there is one “Venkatramana Boli Stall”. Thinking about that place makes me drool. Everyday evening they prepare fresh snacks, and it will be over in no time. Their Carrot Halwa, Puran Poli and Besan Bonda are my favorites. Being so addicted to their snacks, I still remember those days when almost every Sunday Sis and I would send my father to buy. If Appa is not going there any weekend, it means Amma has prepared something at home. This Besan Bonda can be prepared easily, and is a modification of yet another recipe from my Amma’s cookbook. Amma fries it deep in oil, but I wanted to prepare a healthy version, so baked it!
Baked Besan Bonda
Preparation time: 5 Minutes | Cooking time: 20 – 25 Minutes | Makes : 8 pieces
Besan flour/ Chickpea flour/ Garbanzo bean flour/ Gram flour- 1/2 cup
Rice flour – 2 tbsp
Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp (Adjust according to your spice level)
Big onion – 1 no , finely chopped
Carom Seeds/Ajwain – 1/8 tsp
Curry leaves – few
Asofoetida – generous pinch
Baking soda – 1/8 tsp
Baking powder – 1/8 tsp
Ghee/oil – 1 tbsp (I used oil)
Cooking spray/Oil – to grease (I used Oil)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degree Fahrenheit
- Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and water to make a thick paste. Grease your hand with oil and make small ball-shaped pieces
- Take a muffin tray and grease it and place the small pieces. Put the tray in the preheated oven. After 10-12 minutes, turn sides and bake for another 10-12 minutes
- You can also deep fry
- You can add any veggies of your choice
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Never heard of this one before. Will definitely give it a try.
Thanks Sapna:) Do let me know how it turned out
Where do you get the Besan flour from? Haven’t heard of that before. These look tasty. Are they like onion bahjis or are they a different texture?
Thanks Marjma:) I buy Besan Flour (Chickpea flour) from Indian shops. It will be crisper than Onion bajis.
Looks and sounds delish! And gluten free, too. 🙂
Thanks for the lovely comment:)
These are perfect little nuggets of goodness, Vidya!
Totally Agree patty:)
This looks wonderful, love your recipes especially this one, but have a question, do you dip these with anything? what are they typically served with? Thanks!
Thanks Cheri:) we have it with chutney but it taste good with ketchup and ranch as well
I like the concept of baking instead of the traditional frying.
Yummy healthy bondas
It looks totally delicious. Thanks for sharing!
I’ve never had this and love learning something new. I like your baked version and it looks wonderful.
Thanks Monica:) Do Try them
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Thanks for the Nomination Aisha:)
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Hi Vidya, they look so good and so interesting, something new to me ☺️ Thank you so much for bringing them to this weeks Fiesta Friday and treating evesnryone xx
Thanks Elaine:) Happy to be part of fiesta Friday.
Looks pretty good and tasteful..thanks for sharing. Do you do delivery :-)? Bye. Kamila
Thanks Kamila:) I wish I could send:)
Those look delicious! A nice snack I imagine 🙂
Mmmm… love your healthier version (but also love them fried) What a wonderful addition to FF#22.
Thanks Suzanne:) ya I like fried version too
Hey! What a healthy way to enjoy my favourite snack. Superb idea. 🙂
Thanks Aruna:) Good to hear that Bonda is your favorite too
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I haven’t heard of these before, but they seem good and full of flavors. 🙂
Thanks Jhuls:) try them I am sure you will like it
I like that they are baked…less messy! Looking delicious!
Baked bonda. …brilliant vidya. ….i wanted to try baked vadas but never thought of baked bondas. …thanx for introducing them….
Thanks Chitra:) yes baked vada is something I wanted to try too
Beautiful recipe, Vidya 🙂 It looks very appetizing!
I wish I knew what all these ingredients were! 🙂 These sure look good though Vidya!
Thanks for you lovely comment Lori:)
You are most welcome Vidya!
Brilliant and healthy too!!
I was just thinking of preparing this Vidya, Good you got it for the party 🙂 They look superb ,Pictures are absolutely fantastic specially the last one fabulous….
Thanks Malar:) what a coincidence:)
Wow such a tasty looking recipe!