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Potato Spice Bombs

  • Heat Medium
  • Serves 4
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Cook 10 mins

Hari says

These are India's answer to the potato croquet and they are simply wonderful. These little spice bombs of deliciousness contain a whole lot of South Indian flavours that taste amazing with the soft texture of the potato. From the pop of mustard seeds, and the crunch of roasted urad dhal and the warmth of curry leaves these will definitely leave you wanting more.

The outer batter is simple to make using gram flour and a few little spices. Once these are deep fried you need to eat them pretty quickly when they are still crisp and delicious. Enjoy!

  • Ingredients
  • Method

Potato filling 

  • 4 to 5 medium-sized potatoes
  • 1tsp mustard seeds
  • 1tsp urad dal (split and dehusked)
  • 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4cm ginger
  • 15 curry leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 or 2 green chillies, finely chopped (depending on how hot you like it)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • salt to taste


  • 2 cups gram flour
  • ¼ cup rice flour
  • 200-250ml water
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • a pinch of baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Wash the potatoes and boil in a pan with the skin on until cooked through
  2. Once cooled peel and grate the potatoes into a bowl
  3. Heat the mustard oil in a frying pan, when hot add the mustard seeds and when they start to splutter, add the urad dal and cook until it turns golden brown in colour.
  4. Add the chopped onion and sauté until it just starts to brown. Meanwhile put the ginger and garlic into a pestle and mortar and grind to a paste.
  5. Add the crushed ginger and garlic to the onions along with the sliced curry leaves and green chillies.
  6. Leave to cook for a minute then add the turmeric powder.
  7. Remove from the heat and add pour into the potatoes along with the coriander leaves and chilli powder and mix it all through.
  8. The mixture should be nice and dry then squeeze in a little lemon juice and salt. Mix and check the seasoning.
  9. Make ping pong sized balls from this mixture and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  10. Make up the batter by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl. It should be nice and thick.
  11. Start to heat oil in a small pan to deep fry the bonda's. Check it's hot enough by dropping in a little batter. If it sinks and sizzles back to the top immediately it is ready. 
  12. Dip each potato ball into the batter, coat it well with the batter and gentle place into the hot oil.
  13. Fry the aloo bondas until they are golden brown and crispy. Remove and set on some kitchen roll to drain. 

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)3
of which saturates (g)0
Carbohydrates (g)82
of which sugars (g)3
Fibre (g)10
Protein (g)20
Salt (mg)280
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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Comments (5)

  • michael gray

    michael gray

    28 August 2020 at 09:59 |
    Hi Hari,
    These spice bombs Would I be able to freeze the bombs then dip them into the batter then refreeze so I could use them at a later date by cooking them from frozen ,mike


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      08 September 2020 at 11:29 |
      Yes you sure can!


  • Heather Rodger

    Heather Rodger

    09 May 2020 at 07:44 |
    Hi, urad dal ,is this a kind of split pea , or lentil ,and can you tell me where I might buy these ,
    Loving your recipes


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      12 May 2020 at 14:06 |
      Hi Heather Urid dhal is black lentils that have been split and the black coating removed. You can get them from Indian grocery stores. Hope that helps Hari


  • Neil


    28 November 2018 at 15:25 |
    Ohhhh. Had these before. Lovely they are, very moreish. One is not enough.


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