How to Make Bonda Soup or Lentil Balls in Spicy Hot Soup

Updated on August 8, 2017
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Bonda Soup or Lentil Balls in Spicy Hot Soup
Bonda Soup or Lentil Balls in Spicy Hot Soup

How to Make Bonda Soup or Lentil Balls in Spicy Hot Soup At-a-Glance

You have to make two main dishes in this recipe. The first one is to make bondas or lentil balls. The other one is to make mung bean soup. The lentil balls are placed in the piping hot soup and served for breakfast or as snack food.

How to Make Lentil Balls or Bondas:

Soak washed white lentils in water for 5 hours or overnight. Strain them. Grind them, adding a little salt and very little water to get a smooth paste. The batter should have a very thick consistency. Add dry coconut pieces, chopped green chilies, chopped curry leaves, hing powder, and pepper powder. Mix well, and aerate the batter by beating it till it becomes light and increases in volume. Keep aside for 10 minutes.

Heat oil in a deep pan. Wet your fingers. Take a lemon-sized batter and shape it like a ball. Drop into the very hot oil. Make 6-8 such balls at a time, depending on the volume of oil used in the pan. Don't over crowd them. Fry them on high flame, turning occasionally till they become golden brown. Reduce the heat once they are crispy. Remove, and place them on a tissue paper. Repeat the same for making all lentil balls or bondas.

How to Make Split Mung Beans Soup:

Wash de husked split mung beans in water. Take them in a pressure cooker or pot. Add water, chopped tomatoes, and turmeric powder. Cook till 2 whistles and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Turn off the fire. Open the cooker lid once the pressure releases naturally. Mash the contents till it becomes creamy.

Heat some oil in a deep bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let them crackle. Add crushed ginger, crushed garlic cloves, slit green chilies, and curry leaves. Saute for a while. Pour cooked mung beans. Let the heat be medium low. Once the mix boils, add crushed pepper powder, salt, lemon juice, grated coconut, and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and let it boil for a minute. Add a few glasses of water to bring it to soup consistency. Increase the fire and make the soup boil for 3-4 minutes. Turn off the fire. Soup is ready!

How to Serve Bonda Soup:

Place 2-3 lentil balls(bondas) in a soup bowl. Pour three ladle full of piping hot soup on them. You have to break and eat bondas along with the soup. Bonda soup is very delicious and refreshing. Try making them on weekends!

Bonda Soup or Lentil Balls in Spicy Hot Soup

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves six people

Ingredients for Making Bonda Soup

  • 1 Heaped cup white lentil/de husked black gram
  • 1/4 tsp crushed pepper corns, for the batter
  • 1 finely chopped green chlies, for the batter
  • 1 spring finely chopped curry leaves, for the batter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dry coconut pieces, optional, for the batter
  • salt to taste, for the batter
  • 1 cup split de husked mung beans/moong dal, for the soup
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes, for the soup
  • 3 slit green chilies, for the soup
  • 1/2 tsp crushed pepper corns, for the soup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, for the soup
  • 2 tsp oil or ghee, for tempering the soup
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, for tempering the soup
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, for tempering the soup
  • 1 inch ginger crushed, for the soup
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed, for the soup
  • 8 curry leaves, for tempering the soup
  • 3/4 tsp salt, for the soup
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves, for the soup
  • 1/4 tsp hing powder, for the soup
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, for the soup

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images for Making Bonda Soup or Lentil Balls in Spicy Hot Soup

Making Bondas or Lentil Balls:

  1. Wash and soak white lentil or de husked black gram in water for 6 hours or overnight. Strain them. Grind adding some salt and very little water to get a smooth paste.
  2. Add chopped green chilies, crushed pepper corn, dry coconut pieces, and finely chopped curry leaves. Mix well and aerate the batter by beating it. The batter becomes light and increases in volume. Rest it for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a pan for deep frying. Wet your fingers. Take a lemon size batter and shape it like a ball. Drop it into the very hot oil. Make 6-8 such bondas in a batch, depending on the volume of oil used for frying. Don't over crowd.
  4. Turn them occasionally to ensure uniform cooking. Fry them till they get golden brown color.
  5. Remove, and place them on an absorbent paper towel. Repeat the same for making all bondas.

Making Spicy Hot De-Husked Mung Beans Soup:

  1. Wash moong dal or split de-husked mung beans. Take them in a pressure cooker or pot. Add 4 glasses of water, chopped tomatoes, and turmeric powder.
  2. Boil the mix. Cover the lid and cook till 2 whistles and simmer for 3 minutes. Turn off the fire.
  3. Open the lid once the pressure releases naturally. Mash the contents.
  4. Heat 2 tea spoon oil or ghee in a deep-bottomed pan. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Let them crackle. Add crushed ginger, slit green chilies, crushed garlic, hing powder, and curry leaves. Saute for a minute.
  5. Pour mashed mung beans mix. Stir well. Add salt. Once the mix starts boiling, add crushed pepper powder, grated coconut, lemon juice, and chopped coriander leaves. Let the mix boil on low fire for a minute.
  6. Add enough water to make the mix thin or bring it to soup consistency. You may need about 6-7 cups of water. Nicely boil the soup for 2-3 minutes. Check for the taste. Adjust accordingly. Turn off the fire. Now the Mung beans soup is ready!

How to Serve Bonda Soup:

  1. Take a soup bowl. Place 3-4 lentil balls (bondas) in it. Pour 3 cups of piping hot soup on them. You have to eat these bondas along with the soup. That is the awesome way of sipping this soup.
  2. These bondas are soft and can be cut into pieces with a soup spoon.
  3. Relish drinking bonda soup on a cold day!

Step one: Soak white lentil(split black gram) for 5 hours for making lentil balls.
Step one: Soak white lentil(split black gram) for 5 hours for making lentil balls.
Step two: Grind them adding very little water to get a smooth paste. Add chopped curry leaves, pepper powder, chopped green chilies, chopped dry coconut, and salt.
Step two: Grind them adding very little water to get a smooth paste. Add chopped curry leaves, pepper powder, chopped green chilies, chopped dry coconut, and salt.
Step three: Mix them to get a thick batter
Step three: Mix them to get a thick batter
Step four: Make lemon-sized balls and deep-fry them in oil in batches.
Step four: Make lemon-sized balls and deep-fry them in oil in batches.
Lentil balls(bonda)
Lentil balls(bonda)
Step five: Wash de husked split mung beans in water. Add fresh water, chopped tomato, some salt, and turmeric powder. Cook them in a pressure cooker. This is for making the soup.
Step five: Wash de husked split mung beans in water. Add fresh water, chopped tomato, some salt, and turmeric powder. Cook them in a pressure cooker. This is for making the soup.
The mix inside the pressure cooker
The mix inside the pressure cooker
Step six: Boil the mix for 2 minutes. Cover the cooker lid. Cook up to 2 whistles and simmer for 3 minutes. Turn off the fire.
Step six: Boil the mix for 2 minutes. Cover the cooker lid. Cook up to 2 whistles and simmer for 3 minutes. Turn off the fire.
Step seven: Ingredients for making the mung beans soup
Step seven: Ingredients for making the mung beans soup
Step eight: Saute mustard seeds and curry leaves in oil. Let mustard crackle. Add chopped green chilies, hing powder, crushed ginger, and crushed garlic. Saute for a minute. Add boiled mung beans mix.
Step eight: Saute mustard seeds and curry leaves in oil. Let mustard crackle. Add chopped green chilies, hing powder, crushed ginger, and crushed garlic. Saute for a minute. Add boiled mung beans mix.
Step nine: Add pepper powder, a tea spoon grated coconut, and chopped coriander leaves
Step nine: Add pepper powder, a tea spoon grated coconut, and chopped coriander leaves
Step ten: Boil the mix for a minute. Add enough water to bring it to soup consistency. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Add salt, if needed.
Step ten: Boil the mix for a minute. Add enough water to bring it to soup consistency. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Add salt, if needed.
Step eleven: Serve 3-4 ladles of soup in a bowl. Place 3-4 lentil balls on this piping hot soup. Happy eating!
Step eleven: Serve 3-4 ladles of soup in a bowl. Place 3-4 lentil balls on this piping hot soup. Happy eating!

Nutritional Information of Bonda Soup

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 150
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Carbohydrates 12 g4%
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 26 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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