Batata Vada – Aloo Bonda (Fried Potato Dumpling)

Batata Vada - Aloo Bonda (Fried Potato Dumpling)

Batata Vada - Aloo Bonda (Fried Potato Dumpling)

Batata Vada also known as aloo bonda, deep fried savory appetizer made with spicy potato mix. When they are serve hot they are crispy outside and soft inside. This is a very popular street food in Mumbai.
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Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 people


  • 3 medium potatoes boiled peeled and roughly chopped (this will make 2 cups of chopped potatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds (rai)
  • 7-10 curry leaves chopped, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1 green chili finely chopped adjust to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (hara dhania)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste

For Batter

  • 1/2 cup besan, gram flour (available in Indian grocery stores)
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • About 1/4 cup of water
  • Oil to fry



  • In a bowl mix besan, rice flour, salt, asafetida, pepper, and baking powder. Add water slowly to make a thick and smooth batter. Set aside.


  • Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat moderately.
  • Add mustard seeds as the seeds crack add curry leaves, (curry leaves splatters) potatoes, ginger, green chili, turmeric, and salt.
  • Stir fry for about 3 minutes over medium heat. Add cilantro mix it well. Turn of the heat.
  • Let the potato mix cool off, divide them into about 12 pieces and make them into smooth round ball, they will be little smaller then golf ball.
  • Heat about 1”of oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. To check if the oil is ready, put one drop of batter in oil. The batter should come up but not change color right away.
  • Dip the potato balls into the batter one at a time, making sure the potato balls are completely covered with batter. Then, slowly drop them into the frying pan.
  • Turn them occasionally. Fry the batata vadas until all sides are golden-brown.
  • Batata vadas will take about four minutes to cook.
  • Serve them hot with cilantro chutney.


Serve them with sandwich buns using cilantro chutney as spread. Now this is known as Vada pav, another famous street food in Mumbai.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Batata Vada Recipe – An Authentic Indian Delight

Aloo bonda, a popular Indian street food, is a delectable appetizer consisting of spiced mashed potato balls coated in chickpea flour batter and fried to crispy perfection.

Introduction to Batata Vada and Aloo Bonda

Batata Vada, also known as Aloo Bonda, is a popular Indian street food that originated in the state of Maharashtra. This delightful snack consists of spiced mashed potatoes coated in a gram flour batter and deep-fried until golden brown. Loved for its crispy exterior and soft, flavorful interior, batata vada is a beloved snack enjoyed across the country. In this batata vada recipe, we will guide you through the process of making this delicious treat at home.

How to Make Batata Vada – Step by Step Guide

  • Preparation of Potato Filling: To begin making batata vada, start by boiling potatoes until they are tender. Once boiled, peel and mash them in a bowl. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida, and curry leaves. Sauté until fragrant, then add mashed potatoes, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt, and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and cook for a few minutes. Let the filling cool down.
  • Making the Gram Flour Batter: In a separate bowl, prepare the gram flour batter by mixing gram flour, rice flour, baking soda, salt, and water. Ensure a smooth consistency without any lumps. Let the batter rest for 10-15 minutes.
  • Assembly of Batata Vada: Take a portion of the potato filling and shape it into small balls. Dip each ball into the prepared gram flour batter, ensuring it is evenly coated.
  • Deep Frying the Vadas: Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully drop the coated potato balls into the oil and fry until they turn golden brown and crisp. Remove from oil and place them on paper towels to drain excess oil.
  • Serve Hot: Your crispy and delicious batata vada or aloo bonda is ready to be served. Enjoy them hot with green chutney or tamarind chutney.

Tips for Perfect Batata Vada

  • Ensure that the potato filling is well-spiced to enhance the flavor of the batata vada.
  • Make sure the gram flour batter is of the right consistency; it should coat the potato filling evenly.
  • Fry the vadas in hot oil to achieve a crispy exterior.
  • Serve the vadas hot for the best taste and texture.

Variations of Batata Vada

  • You can add crushed peanuts or cashews to the potato filling for added crunch.
  • For a spicy kick, add finely chopped green chilies to the potato mixture.
  • Experiment with different spices and herbs to customize the flavor according to your preference.

Benefits of Batata Vada

  • Batata vada is a filling and satisfying snack that can be enjoyed any time of the day.
  • Potatoes are a good source of carbohydrates, making batata vada an excellent energy booster.
  • This snack is vegetarian and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I make batata vada ahead of time?

A: While batata vada is best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the potato filling and gram flour batter in advance and fry the vadas just before serving for optimal crispiness.

Q: Can I bake batata vada instead of deep-frying?

A: While traditionally batata vada is deep-fried for that crispy texture, you can try baking them in the oven for a healthier alternative. However, the texture may vary slightly.

Other Recipes on Manjula’s Kitchen

If you’re looking to explore more Indian recipes, appetizers, beverages, and desserts, be sure to check out the following links on Manjula’s Kitchen. Here are some links to recipes on Manjula’s Kitchen official website:

Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe

Chana Chaat (Spicy Chickpea Salad) Recipe

Pav Bhaji (Spicy Vegetable Hash with Buns) Recipe

Raj Kachori (Crunchy Chaat) Recipe

Vegetable Biryani Recipe

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20 thoughts on “Batata Vada – Aloo Bonda (Fried Potato Dumpling)

  1. Hi Manjula

    Thank you for the yummy recipes. Certainly going to try this one. Have made it before but did not use the baking powder and mine was slightly different.

  2. Manjula:

    I am from Karachi, Pakistan. These Alo Vada are a popular late evening road side treats.
    some come with a filling inside, a tangy tasting feeling engulfs the mouth. What should that be ?

  3. This recipe is good! I made the double quantity yesterday and they went very fast. We loved them. Fortunately I was able to get fresh curry leaves for the first time here in Amsterdam (Netherlands). They really taste and smell much better than the dried ones I usually bought. I also made the cilantro chutney which is the perfect finishing touch. Although delicious already, is there a way to increase crispyness, Manjula?
    Thanks for your great website! Peter

  4. February 18, 2014 at 11:09 pm
    Manjula , it has not been changed from baking powder to soda… I just checked the comments otherwise would have got baking powder as i didnt see the video


    In a bowl mix besan, rice flour, salt, asafetida, pepper, and baking powder. Add water slowly to make a thick and smooth batter. Set aside.

  5. hi manjula, i’m dying to try out your recipe but can i change besan into another kind of flour?
    because i can’t find it everywhere in my town
    thank you so much

    1. Hi marsya
      I once made a mistake. I used yellow corn flour( not sure if u can find that) instead of besan because of the colour. It turned out fine. It actually was a blessing because one of my guests who was allergic. To besan could actually eat this and she loved it

  6. Hi Manjula,
    They look so yummy – I watched your video and would love to make them.
    Your video says to use “baking soda” – the recipe says to use “baking powder” – I’m guessing the baking soda is the correct ingredient?

    1. MANJULA –
      I was hoping you would reply to my question above – is the correct ingredient for the batter Baking Soda or Baking Powder.
      If it’s Baking Soda, it needs to be changed in the recipe.
      Thank you,

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