Friday, February 5, 2010

Heerekai bonda/Ridge gourd fritters

The thought of eating ridge gourd makes me feel :-&. I just don’t like the texture when it gets cooked. And the most commonly prepared item in our house is heerekai tovve or dal - I can’t stand the look and feel of it :-p. But I don’t mind eating heerekai bonda or fritters ;) – Yep after all the spice and the smear enhances the flavour of heerekai/ridge gourd.

This heerekai bonda is generally prepared during festivals or any special occasions as 1 of the items. BisibeLebath and heerekayi bonda is an evergreen combo for habbada oota (a festive meal). But I think when it comes to bonda you need not have to wait for any special occasion rather any day is a festive day ;). So come and enjoy Heerekai bonda/ridge gourd fritters with me:)!!!

Makes around 30 bondas

Heerekai – 1
Gram flour – 1 cup
Red chilli powder – 2tsp
Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
Ajwain – ½ tsp
Pinch of baking soda
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

  1. Wash and peel the ridge gourd. Then slice them into circles ((gal galiyagi hechuvudu). Heat oil in a pan on medium heat for frying.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl mix gram flour, red chilli powder, salt, asafoetida, ajwain and some hot oil. Mix together with water to make a smooth batter (batter consistency should be similar to that of dosa dough).
  3. Dip each heerekai circle into this batter and immdtly lift and drop them in the hot oil. Fry them in batches of 5-6 till they are golden brown in colour. Lift them out of the oil and drain the oil by keeping them on a paper towel.
Delicious hot bondas are ready to be served with the dip of your choice!
Have a nice day:)


  1. Naanu ninne maadabeku antha andukonde, but heerekai yalli neeru thumbiththu.... Veg basket door sariyaagi close aagalilla.... Adakke eldu bisaadide.... Aadare naanu andukondaddannu.... U HAVE MADE THEM..... It was like seeing my thoughts alive.... What a coincidence????? But I loved it.... Nice pics...which is persuasively tempting.....


  2. I like ridgegourd as is, so I'm sure I'm going to love these fried bondas.. They look delicious.

  3. Oh really you dont like ridgegourd??? Oh my I love them splly the chutney and the ridgegourd rice that Maa makes... Lovely pic, very tempting... Shall keep coming by for more...

  4. Hey Rashmi..Nangu heerekaayi ishta illa:(..but bonda looks delicious..plate pass maadi nange:-)
    I don't get heerekayi in my place:(

  5. nodri..parcel maadipa please..heegella photo haaki basri bayaka jasti madbardu :D LOL They look tempting Rashmi! Swalpa akki hittu haakoli kadale hittige bahala chennagi barathe.

  6. @ Ash- O thats sad, hope i cud share it with u in real world too....thanks a lot for ur appreciation :)!

    Thanks Pavani,vanamala and ramya!

    Vanitha - Kalsayithu royal mail nalli, sikkamele feedback kodi pls ;)

    LG nimigu parcel maadi aayithu aadre chutney idodu marthu hoyithu so pls adjust maadi kolli :-p. Yeah lakshmi actually my MIL does it that way, gnapaka itkondu try maadthini naanu next time :)

  7. To me my self, I really like ridgegourd as is, so I'm sure I'm going to love these fried bondas, but my Little sister doesnot Like to eat ridge gourd. Meanwhile now adays my Research work is going on ridge gourd. They look delicious.I love them splly the chutney, shallow shape and the ridgegourd rice that my Sweet Maa, Lovely pic, very tempting. Please use it once time please then I am pretty sure, all of you like ridge gourd as me. takecare


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