Kaara Boondi /Spicy Boondi

Kaara boondi is a spicy and crunchy, snack spiced with black pepper powder is quiet popular in South India.
The preparation of kaara boondi is simple if the batter consistency is perfect.The batter consistency should not be too thick or too thin,it should be in a dropping consistency.

Kaara boondi can be spiced up with black pepper powder and red chilly powder.But we personally like the flavor of the black pepper powder,hence used it.

                                                        Kaara Boondi /Spicy Boondi

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 30-35 minutes
   Makes ~ 2.5 cups(approximately)


Gram flour/kadalamaavu
1 cup
Rice flour/arisi maavu
3 tbs
1/2 tsp +1/2 tsp for seasoning
Baking soda
a pinch
Red chilly powder
1/2 tsp
3-4 tbs(chopped)
3-4 tbs 
Black pepper powder
2 tsp
for deep frying

  • Take the gram flour,rice flour,salt and baking soda,red chilly powder in a mixing bowl.Mix it well,to this slowly add water and make it to a batter.
  • The batter should be in a dropping consistency.Heat a pan with oil and once it becomes hot,hold the boondi ladle or a perforated ladle on top of the hot oil.Pour some batter on the ladle and gently tap it.Tiny droplets of batter would drop into the oil.
  • Fry it till the sizzling sound ceases.Drain it on a paper towel.Continue for the rest of the batter.
  • Also fry the cashews,peanuts and curry leaves in the same oil,separately.Drain it on a paper towel to remove the excess oil.
  • Now take the boondi,peanuts,cashews and fried curry leaves in a wide bowl and to this sprinkle the black pepper powder and salt.Toss it well.

  • Store it in an air tight container.

  • Check the consistency of the batter by dropping few drops in the hot oil.If it comes out perfect round then proceed.If it has a tail the the batter is too thick and come out flat means its too thin.
  • Wipe the boondi ladle with a clean wet cloth or paper towel each round to get a nice shaped boondi.
  • While adding the batter to the oil,the oil should be hot and the flame needs to be high.Then only the boondi comes out like a ball and raises,then reduce the flame to medium and fry.



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wow... kaara boondi looks amazing.. my favourite too....

Beautifully captured boondi. It is one of those classic Diwali treats.

Wow your boondis have turned out great Nalini, beautiful clicks and good that you have the molds for all these savories!

This is such a classic recipe perfect for everyday munching as for festival days.

This would just get finished faster than making it, isn't it? Lovely clicks...

Such a crisp and delicious boondhi snack. I can see myself munching on these. So addictive and inviting.

This Traditional Kara Boondi is my favorite snack. I would finish that whole bowl of it..yummy!!

Yummy karam boondhi. Looks so good

Please send me a box of those prefect kaara boondis, and your clicks looks absolutely incredible. Feel like munching some.

These boondis have puffed up so uniformly. With so many sweets during Diwali, it is always nice to have some Kara boondis for balance.

Looks like I got a perfect recipe to make for boondi. had been thinking to make one day. great share.

that boondi ladle looks wonderful - I would love to have a cup of this wonderful snack!

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