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Spicy or Khara Boondi Recipe: An Indian Snack Made of Gram Flour

Updated on June 6, 2017
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Spicy or Khara Boondi Snacks

An Overview of Making Spicy Boondis

Boondis are made of gram flour. Made perfectly, they are hollow inside with a crunchy, thin outer covering. You can check their puffiness by smooshing one between two fingers. If they are hollow, they crush; if not, they will be hard.

For making spicy boondis, you have to make a batter by mixing gram flour with red chili powder, salt, a pinch of hing, and some hot oil or ghee. Then the boondis are formed by pouring the batter into hot oil through a perforated ladle.

Fried boondis are then mixed with fried peanuts and curry leaves. If you want them to be more spicy, add a mixture of red chili powder and salt to adjust the taste. You can store them in a water-tight container for 15-20 days and use them whenever desired.

Word of Caution:

Proper batter consistency is the key to crunchy and round boondis. Don't proceed till you get the perfect consistency. I have explained below, the method to adjust the batter consistency.

5 stars for Spicy or Khara Boondi Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 2 bowls of spicy or khara Boondi

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chick pea flour/gram flour, coarse texture preferred, you can use smooth flour also.
  • 1/2 tsp rice flour, optional, gives crispiness to this snack
  • 2 pinches hing/asafetida
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp hot oil or ghee, I used oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or as per taste
  • a fistful peanuts
  • a fistful curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder, optional, sprinkle on the snacks, I did.
  • 1/6 tsp salt, optional, sprinkle on the snacks, I did.
  • 1/6 tsp sugar, optional, I used

Step-By-Step Instructions and Images For Boondi Making:

  1. Take gram flour in a mixing bowl. Add red chili powder, hing, rice flour, hot oil, and salt. Mix them. Add water little by little and form a lump-free batter. The batter should be moderately thick and pouring consistency.
  2. Keep ready the utensils for making boondis. The ladle with holes is used for making boondis. Refer the pic.
  3. Heat oil. When the oil is very hot, drop a tiny batter into it. This is for checking the consistency of the batter. If the boondi comes to the surface quickly, and is round and hollow, it is the perfect consistency.
  4. If the boondi comes up with a tail, it shows that batter is thick and you need to make it thin. Sometimes, when you drop it into the oil, it becomes flat. This is an indication that the batter is thin. You should add some gram flour to adjust the consistency.
  5. Once you get the proper consistency, pour boondi ladle full of batter. Hold it just above the hot oil. They may fall on their own or you have to move the batter with your fingers to make them fall into the oil quickly. Turn the boondis with another ladle with holes.
  6. Lower the fire. Fry them till they turn crispy. Take them out and place on an absorbent paper towel.
  7. Now, wash the boondi ladle before pouring the batter for making next batch. Otherwise, boondis will not get perfect shape. Repeat the procedure for the entire batter.
  8. Deep fry peanuts and curry leaves separately in the same oil. Add it with the boondis.
  9. Check boondis for taste. If you want boondis to be more spicy and salty, make a mixture of some red chili powder, salt, and 1/4 tea spoon sugar. Sprinkle the mix on hot boondis. Gently mix it with the boondis. Adjust the taste accordingly.
  10. Spicy boondis are ready to eat. Enjoy eating them with a cup of tea or coffee!

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Boondi ladleStep one: Take the ingredients in a bowl for making the batter.Step two: Make boondi batter Step three: Make boondis (this pic is taken when I made salty boondis)Step four: Fry them till crispy(this pic is taken when I made salty boondis)Step six: Remove them on a paper towel. Add fried peanuts, curry leaves, and a mix of chili powder, salt, and sugar.Step six: Boondi snack is ready to eat!!
Boondi ladle
Boondi ladle
Step one: Take the ingredients in a bowl for making the batter.
Step one: Take the ingredients in a bowl for making the batter.
Step two: Make boondi batter
Step two: Make boondi batter
Step three: Make boondis (this pic is taken when I made salty boondis)
Step three: Make boondis (this pic is taken when I made salty boondis)
Step four: Fry them till crispy(this pic is taken when I made salty boondis)
Step four: Fry them till crispy(this pic is taken when I made salty boondis)
Step six: Remove them on a paper towel. Add fried peanuts, curry leaves, and a mix of chili powder, salt, and sugar.
Step six: Remove them on a paper towel. Add fried peanuts, curry leaves, and a mix of chili powder, salt, and sugar.
Step six: Boondi snack is ready to eat!!
Step six: Boondi snack is ready to eat!!

Nutritional Information of Spicy(Khara) Boondis

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 180
Calories from Fat117
% Daily Value *
Fat 13 g20%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Carbohydrates 11 g4%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 220 mg9%
* 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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  • ShailaSheshadri profile image
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    ShailaSheshadri 5 months ago from Bengaluru

    It sounds good. Curd and boondi, a good combination. You are right.

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    Venkatachari M 5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

    No. Not referring to the Raita. We can eat Boondi at times mixing one spoonful of curd for some wonderful change in tastes. I do it occasionally.

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    ShailaSheshadri 5 months ago from Bengaluru

    Thanks for your good suggestion sir. We top some boondis on curd vada/dahi vada or on any curd based snacks. Even I know boondi raita. Are you referring the same sir?

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    Venkatachari M 5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

    It's a great snack that can be served any time. Especially, handy for children and guests. One secret. You can mix a little curd in it for children.

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    ShailaSheshadri 5 months ago from Bengaluru

    Yeah. Thanks for reading. It is made of gram flour and hence, it is a source of protein. Not only that, it is really delicious.

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    Medshape 5 months ago from Arizona

    Appreciate your recipe. Boondi can be a great source of protein so including this in your diet will be a good idea.