Kara Boondhi / Spiced Boondhi

31st Oct, 2013

This is yet another savory snack that I prepared for Diwali this year. My initial idea was to make Boondhi and use it to make Mixture, but due to the crazy schedule, I decided not to make Mixture and made Kara Boondhi instead along with the Ribbon Pakoda / Nada Thenkuzhal and Apple Halwa.

This is a very simple bakshanam/snack and could be made within an hour. We do need the special Boondhi plate also called the Jharni to make the boondhi. We can also a wide ladle with holes in it to make it. Also having a silicon spatula really helps to push the batter through the jharni holes. I made my boondhis medium spicy. You could always increase the red chili powder quantity in the batter or also mix some extra chili powder after frying the boondhis.

Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 40 mins
Difficulty level – easy


Ingredients – (makes about 4 cups of Boondhi)

  • Kadalai Maavu /Besan – 1 ½ cups
  • Arisi maavu / Rice flour – ¼ cup
  • Red chili powder – 1 ½ tsp (I used the Kashmiri chili powder)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Peanuts – ½ cup
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Asafetida – ¼ tsp
  • Oil – to deep fry
Procedure –
  • Heat oil in a wide and deep pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add both the flours, salt, asafetida and the chili powder. With a whisk mix together all the ingredients vigorously, so there is no lump in the flours.
  • Now slowly add water and make it into a thick batter. Be careful when adding water. The batter should be neither too thick nor too runt to form a perfect round boondhi. To test for the perfect boondhi, after making the batter, dip the back of a spoon into the batter and let the batter drip in the hot oil. If the batter forms tails and is not round, then you know that the consistency is off. In this case add slightly more water and check again.
  • Once the batter comes to the right consistency, pour a ladleful of batter on to the jharni or the boondhi ladle placed directly over the hot oil and let the batter drop into the oil as tiny drops. Using a rubber spatula, slowly rub the batter against the jharni to enable the batter to pass through it. Make sure that you do all this in low flame.
  • After all the batter passes through the jharni, wipe the plate well on either sides and keep it ready to make the next batch. Now increase the flame to medium and cook the boondhis well until golden brown and crispy. Once friend well, drain it on a paper towel lined bowl and repeat the same with the rest of the batter.
  • Once the batter is all done, drop a handful of curry leaves in the hot oil and fry it for couple of minutes until they are crisp. Drain. Once cooled a bit, crush slightly with your fingers and add it to the fried boondhi
  • Fry the peanuts as well in the hot oil until it is golden brown and drain. Now add this to the boondhi.
  • Mix the boondhi well to incorporate with the rest of the ingredients. Let it cool down well and then store in an air tight container.
  • If you feel that the boondhi is less spicy, add more chili powder after all the boondhis are fried and mix well.

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