kara boondi recipe

kara boondi recipe with step by step pics. kara boondi is a spiced version of boondi and a mixture consisting of boondi, peanuts, cashews, curry leaves and a few spices.

one of the fried snacks that is made during diwali in south india is kara boondi. making boondi is easy but does take some time. the time taken here is for frying the boondi. frying other ingredients does not take much time.

this kara boondi recipe is not too spicy as i do not add too much of chilli powder in it. however, for a more spicy taste you can add more chilli powder. kara boondi is also added to popular south indian mixture recipe. another fried snack that is made during diwali is omapodi recipe. i have also shared many chiwda and diwali faraal which is made during diwali festival like:

  1. potato sev
  2. sev recipe
  3. thin poha chivda
  4. instant chakli
  5. corn flakes chiwda
  6. poha chiwda recipe (with thick poha)

this spicy boondi mixture tastes awesome and you can munch them any time of the day. its far better in taste than the salted boondi mixture you get outside. reason being the quality of oil is better in home as its not reused many times. so do give this kara boondi recipe a try if you are fond of such snacks.

spicy boondi recipe

the recipe yields a small batch of kara boondi, but the recipe can be easily doubled or tripled. you can serve kara boondi as tea time snack or diwali snack.

if you are looking for more diwali snacks recipes then do check shankarpali, nankhatai, ribbon pakoda and butter murukku.

kara boondi recipe below:

kara boondi recipe spicy boondi
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kara boondi recipe | salted boondi recipe

kara boondi is a spiced version of boondi and a mixture consisting of boondi, peanuts, cashews, curry leaves and a few spices.

course snacks
cuisine south indian, tamil nadu
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 40 minutes
total time 45 minutes
servings 6
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for boondi batter:

  • ½ cup besan (gram flour)
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour (chawal ka atta)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 2 pinches turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon salt or add as required
  • 8 to 9 tablespoons water or add as required

other ingredients for kara boondi:

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons oil or ghee
  • 8 to 9 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 12 to 15 cashews (kaju)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut (moongphalli)
  • ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • salt as required

how to make recipe?

making boondi batter:

  1. take ½ cup besan and 1 tablespoon rice flour in a mixing bowl.

  2. then add 1 pinch asafoetida (hing), 1 pinch of baking soda, 2 pinches turmeric powder and ½ teaspoon salt.

  3. mix everything with a spoon.

  4. now add 8 to 9 tablespoons water in parts.

  5. using a wired whisk make a smooth and slightly thin batter without lumps.

  6. the batter consistency is slightly thin. the amount of water to be added depends on the quality of besan (gram flour). so add accordingly.

frying salted boondi:

  1. heat oil for frying in a kadai or pan. when the oil becomes hot, then tap the wired whisk or the handle of a spoon which has a bit of batter in to the hot oil.

  2. the boondis should have a round shape. if they become flat, then the batter is thin. if they get tail ends, then the batter is thick. if the batter is thin, then add 1 to 2 teaspoons of gram flour and check by frying a few boondis. if the batter is thick, then add a few teaspoons of water and then do the same test. once you get the correct consistency, proceed with the next step of frying the boondis.

  3. now take a dry perforated ladle/jhara and place it above the hot oil. don't keep too much on a height, as the batter droplets, when falling from a height, do not give a round shape. with a spoon add some batter on the perforated spoon ladle/jhara. spread the batter lightly with a spoon. finish up the batter on the perforated spoon ladle this way.

  4. on a medium flame begin to fry the boondis. do not turn them. let them become slightly crisp and then turn them.

  5. when the boondis have become crisp, turn them with a slotted spoon.

  6. continue to fry till the boondis becomes crisp and golden.

  7. after the oil stops sizzling, continue to fry the boondis for some more seconds so that they become crisp.

  8. remove with a strainer spoon or a slotted spoon draining the extra oil.

  9. place the fried salted boondi on kitchen paper towels.

  10. after each batch, wipe the perforated ladle/jhara with a clean piece of moist thin cotton kitchen towel from both sides. continue to fry boondis this way.

frying nuts for kara boondi:

  1. in another small pan, take 1 to 2 teaspoons ghee or oil.

  2. add 2 tablespoons peanuts.

  3. stirring them often fry till the peanuts becomes crunchy and change their color. remove and keep aside on kitchen paper towels.

  4. then add 12 to 15 cashews.

  5. stirring often fry the cashews till they become golden. remove and keep aside on kitchen paper towels. you can add more peanuts or cashews if you want.

  6. now add 8 to 9 curry leaves. fry for some seconds till the curry leaves become crisp. do not burn them.

  7. remove and keep aside on kitchen paper towels.

making kara boondi:

  1. now take the fried peanuts, cashews, curry leaves and boondi in a plate or bowl. add ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder and 1 pinch asafoetida. you can also add black pepper powder instead of red chilli powder. for a spicy taste you can add more red chilli powder.

  2. add salt as per taste. mix very well.

  3. store kara boondi mixture in an air tight container or jar.

  4. serve kara boondi as a tea time snack or diwali snack.


how to make salted boondi or kara boondi recipe:

a) making boondi batter:

1. take ½ cup besan (gram flour) and 1 tablespoon rice flour in a mixing bowl.

making kara boondi recipe

2. then add 1 pinch asafoetida (hing), 1 pinch of baking soda, 2 pinches turmeric powder and ½ teaspoon salt.

making kara boondi recipe

3. mix everything with a spoon.

making kara boondi recipe

4. now add 8 to 9 tablespoons water in parts.

making kara boondi recipe

5. using a wired whisk make a smooth and slightly thin batter without lumps.

making kara boondi recipe

6. the batter consistency is slightly thin. the amount of water to be added depends on the quality of gram flour. so add accordingly.

making kara boondi recipe

b) frying salted boondi:

7. heat oil for frying in a kadai or pan. when the oil becomes hot, then tap the wired whisk or the handle of a spoon which has a bit of batter in to the hot oil.

making kara boondi recipe

8. the boondis should have a round shape. if they become flat, then the batter is thin. if they get tail ends, then the batter is thick. if the batter is thin, then add 1 to 2 teaspoons of gram flour and check by frying a few boondis. if the batter is thick, then add a few teaspoons of water and then do the same test. once you get the correct consistency, proceed with the next step of frying the boondis.

making kara boondi recipe

9. now take a dry perforated ladle/jhara and place it above the hot oil. don’t keep too much on a height, as the batter droplets, when falling from a height, do not give a round shape. with a spoon add some batter on the perforated spoon ladle/jhara. spread the batter lightly with a spoon. finish up the batter on the perforated spoon ladle this way.

making kara boondi recipe

10. on a medium flame begin to fry the boondis. do not turn them. let them become slightly crisp and then turn them.

making kara boondi recipe

11. when the boondis have become crisp, turn them with a slotted spoon. you won’t get perfect round shape for each boondi, but it does not matter as the taste of homemade boondi is better than store brought ones.

making kara boondi recipe

12. continue to fry till the boondis becomes crisp and golden.

making kara boondi recipe

13. after the oil stops sizzling, continue to fry the boondis for some more seconds so that they become crisp.

making kara boondi recipe

14. remove with a strainer spoon or a slotted spoon draining the extra oil.

making kara boondi recipe

15. place the fried salted boondi on kitchen paper towels. if making salted boondi, then you can stop at this step. once the boondi cools down, store in an air tight jar or box. you can now use these salted boondi to make boondi raita or use them in chaat recipes like dahi vada, dahi bhalla or pani puri or papdi chaat.

making kara boondi recipe

16. after each batch, wipe the perforated ladle/jhara with a clean piece of moist thin cotton kitchen towel from both sides. continue to fry boondis this way.

making kara boondi recipe

frying nuts for kara boondi:

17. in another small pan, take 1 to 2 teaspoons ghee or oil.

making kara boondi recipe

18. add 2 tablespoons peanuts.

making kara boondi recipe

19. stirring them often fry till the peanuts becomes crunchy and change their color. remove and keep aside on kitchen paper towels.

making kara boondi recipe

20. then add 12 to 15 cashews.

making kara boondi recipe

21. stirring often fry the cashews till they become golden. remove and keep aside on kitchen paper towels. you can add more peanuts or cashews if you want.

making kara boondi recipe

22. now add 8 to 9 curry leaves.

making kara boondi recipe

23. fry for some seconds till the curry leaves become crisp. do not burn them.

making kara boondi recipe

24. remove and keep aside on kitchen paper towels.

making kara boondi recipe

making kara boondi:

25. now take the fried peanuts, cashews, curry leaves and salted boondi in a plate or bowl.

making kara boondi recipe

26. add ¼ teaspoon kashmiri red chilli powder and 1 pinch asafoetida. you can also add black pepper powder instead of red chilli powder. for a spicy taste you can add more red chilli powder. add salt as per taste. you can even add black salt if you want.

making kara boondi recipe

27. mix very well.

kara boondi recipe

28. store kara boondi mixture in an air tight container or jar.

kara boondi recipe

29. serve kara boondi as a tea time snack or diwali snack.

kara boondi recipe




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