Bonda Soup

The very name of this recipe is mouthwatering. Isn’t it? Bonda soup is a very popular appetizer available in most of the darshinis (small eatery places) and fast food joints in Karnataka.

My friend Sharada is an expert in making Bonda soup. She had made this dish for a Diwali gathering at her place. It was the best bonda soup I had ever had.

I was thrilled when she agreed to make this dish for my blog. Thanks Sharada for all the effort.

Here comes the recipe !



For the Bonda / pakoda:

Urad Dal – 2 cups

Green chillies – 2 to 3 – chopped finely

Ginger – 1 inch piece – chopped finely

Peppercorns – 1 tsp

Salt – to taste

Oil – for deep frying

For the Soup:

Moong Dal – 3/4 cup

Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp

Peppercorns or pepper powder – 1 tsp

Green chillies – 2 to 3 – chopped finely

Ginger – 1/2 inch – chopped finely

Tomato – 1 – chopped finely

Asofoetida – a pinch

turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Oil or Ghee – 2 tsp

Water – 1.25 cup



Soak the Urad Dal for half an hour.


Grind it into a fine paste. Add the green chillies, ginger, peppercorns and salt. Mix well.


In a pan, heat oil for deep frying.

Drop spoonful of batter into the oil and fry till golden brown.


Once the bonda’s are ready, keep it aside.



Pressure cook the moong dal with enough water for 2-3 whistles. Once cool, mash it with a masher and keep it aside.

In a pan, heat oil / ghee. Add Cumin seeds.

Once cumin seeds splutter, add the green chillies, ginger and curry leaves. Sauté till done.

Add the tomatoes and sauté till mushy.


Once the tomatoes are done, add the cooked moong dal and water. You can increase or decrease the amount of water as per the consistency you prefer.


Add turmeric powder, black pepper powder and salt. Mix well and allow it to boil well.

Now your soup for the bonda is ready.

In a bowl, place some bondas and pour the lentil soup over so that the bondas dunk into the soup 🙂


Serve them hot on a winter evening. Trust me nothing can beat the taste of this appetizer. It surely will be a show stopper in any party 🙂

Thank you Sharada for this recipe 🙂


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