Bonda Soup

bonda_soup

Ingredients:

For Soup:
Masoor Dal – 1/4 cup
Moong Dal – 1/4 cup
Tomatoes – 2 medium size
Green chilli – 1
Ginger – 1 inch
Pepper powder – 1 tsp
asafoetida – a pinch
Fenugreek seeds powder – 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – handful
Coriander leaves – handful
Grated coconut (optional) – 1 tsp
Salt
Ghee – 1 tsp
Lemon – 1/2

For Bonda:
Udad dal – 1 cup
Green chilli – 1
Ginger – 1/2 inch
Pepper – 5 to 6
Curry leaves – 3 to 4
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Coconut pieces – 1 tsp
Rice flour – 1 tsp
Baking soda – a pinch
Salt
Oil for frying

Method:

For Bonda:
Wash and Soak Udad dal for 4 hours. Drain the water and add the dal into a mixer jar.
Along with dal, add pepper,chopped green chilli,chopped ginger and curry leaves.
Grind to a smooth paste .Try to grind without adding water. If water is required, add a tsp of water .

Take the ground paste in a bowl. Add rice flour,coconut pieces and salt.
The batter for bonda can be made in advance and refrigerated.

Before frying the bonda, add baking soda and mix well.

Bonda can be fried in two ways:
Deep drying: Heat lots of oil in a frying pan. Once oil is hot, take spoonful of the batter and add them to the oil carefully without spilling. Fry till the bonda is brown and cooked from inside.

Shallow frying: This is a much healthier version . Heat Appe pan with 1 tsp of oil in all the holes.Once oil is hot, add a spoonful of the batter and cover for few minutes.Flip the bondas once the bottom is cooked. Again cover for few minutes.
Without a pointed wooden stick, poke a hole inside the vada and cook for few more seconds.Take the bondas into a plate and repeat the same for the rest of the batter.

For Soup: Wash and pressure cook both the dals together. If masoor dal is not there, we can use 1/2 cup of moong dal.

Finely chop ginger,green chilli,tomatoes and coriander leaves.

In a large pan, heat ghee. Once ghee is hot, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
Fry for few seconds. Add asafoetida,curry leaves,chopped green chilli and chopped ginger.Fry for few seconds.

Add chopped tomatoes,turmeric powder and salt. Cover and cook till tomatoes are soft and mushy.

Add cooked dal, pepper powder and fenugreek seeds powder. Add 2 cups of water .Cover and cook till the entire mixtures comes to a rolling boil.

Garnish with grated coconut and coriander leaves.

Once the soup is cooled for few minutes, add juice of half a lemon.

Assembling bonda soup:

Take a soup bowl. Add few bondas and pour hot soup over it. Garnish with few coriander leaves and serve hot.

This is a very healthy breakfast or evening snack.

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