Baked Besan Bonda

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

Category: Snacks


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




My Notes:

  • You can also deep fry
  • You can add any veggies of your choice

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63 thoughts on “Baked Besan Bonda

  1. […] some crispy snack. When I was thinking what to do, many recipes came to my mind like Baked Pakoda, baked bonda, baked bread roll, baked bread Tikki but all those recipes demanded some work, lazy me was thinking […]

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  8. Sapna July 1, 2014 at 6:22 AM Reply

    Never heard of this one before. Will definitely give it a try.

  9. marjma2014 July 1, 2014 at 4:12 AM Reply

    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?

    • Traditionally Modern Food July 1, 2014 at 5:17 AM Reply

      Thanks Marjma:) I buy Besan Flour (Chickpea flour) from Indian shops. It will be crisper than Onion bajis.

  10. DetoxMama June 29, 2014 at 10:38 PM Reply

    Looks and sounds delish! And gluten free, too. 🙂

  11. Patty Nguyen June 29, 2014 at 10:35 PM Reply

    These are perfect little nuggets of goodness, Vidya!

  12. cheri June 29, 2014 at 10:16 AM Reply

    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!

  13. Suchitra June 29, 2014 at 8:59 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya,

    I like the concept of baking instead of the traditional frying.

  14. Harini June 29, 2014 at 1:26 AM Reply

    Yummy healthy bondas

  15. Liz June 28, 2014 at 8:44 PM Reply

    It looks totally delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Monica June 28, 2014 at 8:01 PM Reply

    I’ve never had this and love learning something new. I like your baked version and it looks wonderful.

  17. aishasoasis June 28, 2014 at 6:18 PM Reply

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  18. Elaine @ foodbod June 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM Reply

    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

  19. Kamila Pala June 28, 2014 at 12:42 PM Reply

    Looks pretty good and tasteful..thanks for sharing. Do you do delivery :-)? Bye. Kamila

  20. How to Philosophize with Cake June 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM Reply

    Those look delicious! A nice snack I imagine 🙂

  21. apuginthekitchen June 28, 2014 at 8:44 AM Reply

    Mmmm… love your healthier version (but also love them fried) What a wonderful addition to FF#22.

  22. Aruna Panangipally June 28, 2014 at 8:31 AM Reply

    Hey! What a healthy way to enjoy my favourite snack. Superb idea. 🙂

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  24. simplyvegetarian777 June 28, 2014 at 7:51 AM Reply

    Excellent Vidya!

  25. Jhuls June 28, 2014 at 7:36 AM Reply

    I haven’t heard of these before, but they seem good and full of flavors. 🙂

  26. ela hester June 28, 2014 at 3:28 AM Reply

    I like that they are baked…less messy! Looking delicious!
    ela h.

  27. Chitra Jagadish June 28, 2014 at 2:15 AM Reply

    Baked bonda. …brilliant vidya. ….i wanted to try baked vadas but never thought of baked bondas. …thanx for introducing them….

  28. lapetitepaniere June 28, 2014 at 1:39 AM Reply

    Beautiful recipe, Vidya 🙂 It looks very appetizing!

  29. Lori June 28, 2014 at 12:18 AM Reply

    I wish I knew what all these ingredients were! 🙂 These sure look good though Vidya!

  30. cafegarima June 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM Reply

    Brilliant and healthy too!!

  31. Malar June 27, 2014 at 11:24 PM Reply

    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….

  32. Sugar and Cinnamon June 27, 2014 at 11:24 PM Reply

    Wow such a tasty looking recipe!

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