Goli Bajje/ Mangalore Bonda

Goli Bajje, a popular tea time snack from Dakshin Kannada district is also known by the name of Mangalore bonda.  They taste scrumptious with crispy outside and pillow-soft insides that you can't just stop at one. Every restaurant or small food stall in this region will serve this delicacy. So next time you visit Mangalore or around areas on a vacation do try this item from their menu. Until that time you can try the below recipe which I got from my aunty. Though made with maida and packed with calories due to deep frying, I prepare them for occasional indulgences or for special parties at my place. 


1 cup maida/ all purpose flour
1/4 cup besan/ chickpea flour

1/2 cup curd/yogurt 
4-5 green chillies minced
2 tsp grated ginger
Salt to taste
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp freshly grated coconut /chopped coconut kernel
Water as per the requirement
1/2 tsp soda

Place maida, besan in a bowl. Add remaining dry ingredients except soda. Add curd/yogurt and mix well. The batter consistency should be thicker than dosa batter. So if you need you can add water to adjust the consistency. The type of curd/ yogurt we get here is very thick, so I added about 1/2 cup water to get the right consistency. Whisk it well. Once the batter is ready, cover it and keep it aside at least for 1 hour to ferment. I kept it for 3 hours. Next add soda and mix it well. Leave it for 10 mins.

Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot, scoop out lemon sized balls from the batter and drop it in the oil.  Fry on medium flame until they turn nice golden brown color. When done drain them on kitchen tissue paper. Serve it hot with coconut chutney and a cup of tea/coffee.

As a variation you may add chopped curry leaves, , chopped coriander leaves, cumin seeds, pepper powder in the above recipe.


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