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Darshini Style Bonda Soup | No Fry Bonda Soup Recipe

What is Bonda ?

Bonda is a lentil or a vegetable dumpling that’s usually deep fried and eaten as is with chutney or sauce.  Usually Bondas are made of mixed lentils or potato as a base. Dunked in a chickpea / besan slurry and deep fried. Served as a snack with Chutney / sambhar

What is Bonda Soup? 

This is a soup made with a no-fry bonda – a delicious protein rich appetiser that’s made with everyday pantry essentials .  Bonda Soup like Rasam vada is a fried (or in this case non-fried) lentil snack soaked in a delicious broth.  Very Popular in Darshini / self help eateries sprinkled all over Bangalore, this protein rich snack / appetiser is perfect in the rains / chilly weather. 

Completely GlutenFree and Vegan, this makes for the perfect dish during parties / potlucks, and the bondas are no fry , which means they can be made ahead of time too! Try this and let me know how you liked it. 

Darshini Style Bonda Soup is a protein rich Snack / Appetiser which is NOT deep fried. The lentil dumplings are served in an aromatic soup like broth Pin

How is this Darshini Style Bonda Soup different from other Bonda Soup?

The addition of Karnataka style Menthyada hittu / Methkoot powder (an aromatic lentil + fenugreek seeds powder) makes this home style / Darshini Style Bonda Soup stand out. Commercially, Bonda Soup also uses onion and garlic which this style doesn’t use.

5 reasons to make this delicious Darshini Style Bonda Soup

  1. Protein Rich and very nutritious especially for growing up kids and elderly too!
  2. 100% Gluten Free and Vegan, Satvik too (no onion no garlic)
  3. No Deep fry needed
  4. Has a double dose of protein (both on the Bonda and the soup)
  5. Easy to prep ahead for party / potluck for a large crowd
Darshini Style Bonda Soup is a protein rich Snack / Appetiser which is NOT deep fried. The lentil dumplings are served in an aromatic soup like brothPin

Darshini Style Bonda Soup – GF, Vegan and No onion no garlic recipe

Cuisine – South Indian, Course – Snack / appetiser 

Prep time – 15 mins, Soaking + grinding time – 6 hours, Serves –  6

1 cup = 200 ml

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Darshini Style Bonda Soup is a protein rich Snack / Appetiser which is NOT deep fried. The lentil dumplings are served in an aromatic soup like brothPin

What you need:

To soak for 4 hours and grind to a smooth paste with the following spices:

  • 1/2 cup split green gram (Moong dal)  
  • 1/2 cup bengal gram (Channa Dal)
  • 2 TBSP Split pigeon pea
  • Brown Rice – 3 TBSP

Spices:

  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger (crushed)
  • 1 TBSP Cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 tsp whole black pepper(crushed) 
  • 1/4 tsp Cooking soda (just before making the bonda)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Darshini Style Bonda Soup is a protein rich Snack / Appetiser which is NOT deep fried. The lentil dumplings are served in an aromatic soup like brothPin

To make the soup base:

  • 2 TBSP Oil 
  • 150 grams Cooked Pigeon Pea
  • 2 Tomatoes (about 100 grams) 
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 inch Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 Green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Salt 
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1 TBSP coriander powder 
  • 3 TBSP Menthyada Hittu spice powder / Methkoot powder 

Garnish:

  • 1 tsp Coriander leaves – 1 tsp
  • 1 TBSP Lemon juice  (optional)
Darshini Style Bonda Soup is a protein rich Snack / Appetiser which is NOT deep fried. The lentil dumplings are served in an aromatic soup like brothPin

Method to make Bonda Soup:

  1. Wash and soak the lentils in warm water for 4 hours
  2. Once dals are soaked, drain them and grind them slightly coarse with the whole spices mentioned in the ingredient list above!
  3. Soak and Cook the Toor dal mentioned in Soup base with 1/4 cup of water with a pinch of turmeric  
  4. Chop the tomatoes and keep aside
  5. Make the Methkoot Powder as described in the recipe link here.
  6. For further steps,  Check the Video recipe embedded below and let us know how you liked it. 
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A delicious no fry Snack made with lentils and spices, served in an aromatic brothPin

Darshini Style Bonda Soup | No Fry Bonda Soup Recipe

Kalyani
Darshini Style Bonda Soup is a protein rich Snack / Appetiser which is NOT deep fried. The lentil dumplings are served in an aromatic soup like broth 
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 5 hrs
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Karnataka Cuisine, South Indian
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

Soak and Grind:

  • 1/2 cup Split Green gram Moong dal
  • 1/2 cup Bengal Gram Channa Dal
  • 2 TBSP split pigeon pea Toor dal
  • 3 TBSP Brown Rice

Spices:

  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger crushed
  • 1 TBSP Green coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Whole Black Pepper crushed
  • 1/4 tsp Cooking soda just before making the bonda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 TBSP Oil

To make the soup base:

  • 150 grams split pigeon pea cooked
  • 2 Tomatoes about 100 grams
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 inch Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 Green chillies Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 TBSP Coriander Powder
  • 3 TBSP Menthyada Hittu spice powder / Methkoot powder

Garnish:

  • 1 tsp Green coriander leaves
  • 1 TBSP Lemon Juice optional

Instructions
 

  • Wash and soak the lentils in warm water for 4 hours
  • Once dals are soaked, drain them and grind them slightly coarse with the whole spices mentioned in the ingredient list above!
  • Soak and Cook the Toor dal mentioned in Soup base with 1/4 cup of water with a pinch of turmeric
  • Chop the tomatoes and keep aside
  • Make the Methkoot Powder as described in the recipe link here.
  • For further steps,  Check the Video recipe embedded below and let us know how you liked it.

Video

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16 Comments

  1. Nice recipe. Its not always that we like fried. These paniyarams or appes as its called in south India is a nice way to include it as a breakfast dish.
    Nutritious, healthy and tasty!!!
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  2. Linsy Patel

    Now this is my kinda food, I always use my paniyaram for all this kind of dishes, love the bonda and the "soup"

  3. Bonda soup using pamiyaram pan is a superb twist as always from your end to make the dish healthy .

  4. Looks so delicious. I love the idlis, vadas or bondas dunked in the sambar. Yummylicious.

  5. 5 stars
    Interesting and healthy option ! I too live the appe pan , all my koftas and batata vadas that need frying go into this pan! A soup with bonda – awesome !

  6. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    An interesting recipe Kalyani. Using have had pakoda in kadhi but this is bonda in a dal base. Like how you’ve made it healthier by making them in a paniyaram. Perfect winter time comfort food.

  7. Jayashree T.Rao

    5 stars
    Bonda Soup looks delicious and something we will relish. Will make it for our lunch.

  8. 5 stars
    Tasty snack that fills you up with loaded flavors. I like the use of appe pan instead of deep fying.

  9. 5 stars
    This surely sounds fantastic Kalyani, never made it but surely sounds so good to enjoy!

  10. 5 stars
    I was always under the impression it is udad dal bondas dunked in the soup. Thanks for clarification. I liked the idea of making the bondas in paniyaram pan to reduce the oil content.

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