Menasinakayi Bonda ~ Mirchi Bajji

This post is dedicated to all good memories of Menasinakayi Bonda, associated with Chitradurga and Davangere (C&D). There was no particular reason to eat them, we partied on bondas for all simplest to most happiest moments. Probably in those two cities no human being would say 'NO' to menasinakayi bonda. I have tasted bonda's in Mysore, Bangalore, and many other places but they are not as good as those which I relished in C&D. 'Ram and Co circle' of Davangere is world famous in C&D :D :P  The bonda's that are made in C&D are crisp outside and softer inside; they are brown and not yellow when they are served. A packet of  crispy mandakki(puffed rice) topped with chopped onion, chillies, coriander and 2 bonda's ...... slurrrrrrrrrp!

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You need the following to make them :
Gram Flour/Kadalehittu/Besan - 2 cups
Rice Flour - 1tbsp
Ovinakaalu/Omam - 1/8 th tsp
Green Chillies - 8
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp (optional)
Salt - 1tbsp
warm water
Oil for deep frying

Method  :
Mix gram flour, rice flour, salt, omam, with little water at a time to make a thick batter. Bonda batter resembles idli batter. Leave it aside.
Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan. Heat it on a very low flame.
Slit green chillies and remove seeds. Rub salt and leave it aside for 20 min in warm water.
Bring the stove to sim on which oil is kept. 
After 20 mins, remove chillies from water. Mix cumin powder and salt and rub inside surface of the chillies with this powder.
Dip these chillies in bonda batter and  leave it slowly in hot oil.
Fry these till they turn yellowish brown. Remove them and keep it aside.
!!!At this stage these bondas are only half done!!!
Repeat the above process for all chillies. Once you have half baked all bajjis, it is time to fry them again till they are golden brown. These bondas are crisp from outside and softer inside.

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Onion Pakoda:
If you have any batter left, add finely chopped onions, coriander, curry leaves and little salt and make onion pakoda/bajjis.

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44 comments:

Smi said...

This is absolutely not fair. Blogger's should be banned from posting mouth watering recipes.

Tandbitree allapa..namma side recipe.Hange Girmit recipe noo haakibidree bajooka.

Anonymous said...

Slurpppp!.....:-).

Mangala

Ramya Bala said...

yummy bajji n bonda lakshmi..actually,i love softie soft bondas's with onion... :))))

kittymatti said...

Mensinkai bajji looks great!

DEESHA said...

Menasinakayi Bonda sooperaagide .. I love it with filter coffee .. they look delicious LG

YOSEE said...

Had heard of Chitradurga M.Bonda, but dint know about the combo. of churmuri and chilli bonda. Must be heavenly in winter or rainy season !

Somewhat similar are the "Molaga Bajjis" of Kodaikanal. Its quite funny to see the crowds going "ssss" "ssss" as they dig into the spicy bajjis at Pillar Rock.

Madhu said...

drooling...:')..

Cham said...

Ah, would be a bliss if i have now! Both are delicous!

Pooja said...

yummy bajji and bonda...Nice evening snack..

Asha said...

Drooolll!!!
Evattu swalpa malene illi, bonda and Pakodas idre chennagirutte thinnokke. Tumbanu bislide, fry madoke bejaru. I will just look and drool! :D

UjjU said...

oooh WoW! At last your hubby's wish is fulfilled! The "bombs" are here? Love the second picture. :)

Uma said...

look at those plumpy bajjis! Staring at me to finish them asap. Looks so delicious Lakshmi.

Priya said...

WOw am just craving for mirchi bajji, urs makes me hungry LG..wowo lovely post..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Onion pakoras are my fav and Mirchi Bajji look great should try them...

A_and_N said...

The weather is so gloomy outside and I'd love to have one of these!

sharada said...

My mouth is watering...i need to controlllll seeing the snaps.wish i could grab it.

Shubha said...

Lakshmi that mirchi bajji is so nice dear... its looks really yumm yummm!

Anonymous said...

If I am not careful, I will end up drowning in my own saliva :)

In the seventies, we lived exactly midway between C&D on NH4 in a place called Bhramasagara. Even to this day, I miss those Menasinakayi Bonda , mandakki and bhakri :( My biggest regret is that there seems to be no place in Bangalore that caters this type of food and I miss it so much! Boo hoo hoo :(

Your preparation looks so good! Can I please drop in for a taste! Please! Pretty please! I think you live just across the big pond ;)

Sanghi said...

I love it a lot.. will try out sometime:)

rekhas kitchen said...

oho hooo so mouthwatering mmmmmm no word s

Prathibha said...

what a coincidence!!! even i have posted onion pakoda in my blog yesterday..
Loved ur mirch bajji..

Divya Vikram said...

Am reminded of besant nagar beach in chennai where we used to have this. lovely recipe.

srikars kitchen said...

looks delicious.. my fav dish.. nice colour.. great click...

sowmya said...

looks soooo tempting..loved the pictures so much..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Bonda and bajji looks mouthwatering!

Shama Nagarajan said...

wow...lovely recipe...nice clicks....u r tempting me...

Vanamala said...

Love the plate..bonda looks yummy hot ... my fav bonda

Kitchen Flavours said...

I can have have them all...anytime....Looks yummmmmmmmmmy...

sree said...

Aaaaa.....i miss mirchi bajji badly.....looking yummy

AnuSriram said...

Thats hot and spicy! Lovely recipes.. Makes a wonderful evening snack!

Alamelu said...

Hi Lakshmi,
when r u inviting me to Tea/coffee??? I dont want an elaborate spread, just mirchi bajji and manDakki will do ;-) And well, as u've posted, if the batter remains, then i wudn't mind the onion pakodas too.... :-)

LG said...

@ Smi, Girmitt is something I have not tried yet. Will do it soon :D

@Yosee,
Lol ya people enjoy with the sound! You have amazing eye to detail dear.

@Anonymous,
oh! please come by ;)

@Alamelu,
oho..eegle banni pa adralli enide. Bonda thane yavagdru karibahudu.

Dibs said...

Looks like I have to visit Chitradurga and Davangere just for these bajjis! I love the pakodas, bajjis, bondas that you get on Sampige Road, Bangalore just opposite the Malleshwara temple. For as little as Rs.10, you will get a huge quantitiy of all these goodies and enough for 2- 3 people to feast on them!! I miss Bangalore now!!!

VIDYA VENKY said...

bhajjis r my favorite...especially mirchi one...lovely

Mangala Bhat said...

wow ! nice bujji ...:)

n33ma said...

yummmmmmmmmyyyyyy

Vani said...

Delicious looking bajji, LG! Reminds me of the Mysore DASARA EXHIBITION MENSINKAYI BAJJIS! :)

Lavanya said...

very nice lakshmi..my husband love mirchi bajji..we used to make atleast once in a week..but now a days i am not doing ..i have to start again :)

notyet100 said...

ur pics brought bck blore memories,..and the weather here r compellin me to prepare them soon,..;-)

andhratreat said...

yummy....spicy....nice

Spurthi Girish said...

Hi Lakshmi!! I made mensinkayi bajji seeing ur recipe! they were sooo gud.. Florida maLegu mirchi bajji gu combination sakatthitthu! thanks,
spurthi

LG said...

Thanks Spurthi, it is nice to know that bondas came out tasty in your kitchen.

Suhasini K Mathad said...

U get exact mirchi bhajjis in netkalappa circle. Next to ING vysya bank Kottureshwara davanagere benne dose. Only in the evenings...

Suhasini K Mathad said...

U get exactly same bhajjis in netkalappa circle next to ING vysya bank. Kottureshwara benne dose center.