Potato Bonda (Spicy Potato Balls) Recipe

  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons light sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 6 fresh curry leaves, chopped, or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 green chile peppers, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 cup chickpea flour (besan)
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground red chile pepper
  • 1 pinch asafoetida powder (hing)
  • 1/4 cup water, or as needed
  • vegetable oil for frying
  1. Cook potatoes in a large microwave-safe bowl in the microwave until soft and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Use a fork or pastry blender to lightly smash potatoes.
  2. Heat the sesame oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; add cumin seeds and cook until fragrant, stirring occasionally, about 1 minute. Add curry leaves and stir until fragrant; mix in onion, green chile peppers, and ginger paste. Cook until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat; stir in turmeric and curry powder.
  3. Pour onion mixture over smashed potatoes; mix thoroughly to combine.
  4. Mix chickpea flour, rice flour, red chile pepper, and asafoetida in a shallow bowl. Pour in just enough water to form a thick, pancake-like batter. Let it rest until batter has slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  6. Roll the potato mixture into balls the size of golf balls. Dip each potato ball in the batter to coat. Fry 3 to 4 at a time in the hot oil until golden on both sides, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels.