Kara Boondi -  An extremely crunchy and addictive snack, generally made during festivals. The term 'Kara' means - spicy  and 'Boondi' refers to  crispy fried balls made by combining besan flour and rice flour, these balls look like pearls. These boondi's mixed with cashew nuts, curry leaves, peanuts, garlic and chilli flakes makes it so delicious. Prepare this wonderful savory for this Diwali and enjoy :)

Preparation time : 15minutes
Cooking time : 30 minutes

Ingredients for Kara Boondi 

  • 2 cups of besan flour
  • 1/3 cup of rice flour
  • 1/2 cup of groundnuts | peanuts
  • 8 - 10  nos. of red chillies
  • 3 cloves of garlic,peeled and crushed 
  • Few sprigs of curry leaves
  • Few cashewnuts
  • Salt
  • Ghee
  • Oil


Make a batter of pouring consistency with the gram flour and  rice flour. The batter should not be too thick nor too thin and make sure to avoid lumps. 

To check  the  consistency of the batter, pour little batter from the ladle and check whether it drops like pearls without any tail.If it falls with tails, then again pour little water, mix well and check again.When the correct consistency is got the batter is ready for preparing boondi's.

Heat the oil in a deep frying pan or kadhai.To check the oil temperature, drop a very little batter and  when the boondi floats to the surface of the oil,it is ready.You  need  a perforated ladle for making this snack .

Pour one small ladle of batter over the perforated ladle , holding it just above the oil and spread the batter slowly.When it is done fry the boondi's with constant turning to ensure even cooking and drain once they turn  golden colour.  Remove it and drain in a paper towel. 

Repeat the process with the remaining batter and each time after pouring the batter make sure to wipe  the  perforated laddle well , just to clean the remaining batter sticking on it.

Heat little ghee in a pan and roast the cashews until they turn slightly golden brown.Remove and keep it aside.

In the same ghee pan, add curry leaves and fry it well. Remove and keep it aside. Heat little oil in a pan and fry the red chillies well. Allow it to cool and grind it 

Fry the crushed garlic slightly and keep it aside.  Deep fry the groundnuts and drain in a paper towel.All is set cashews, peanuts, curry leaves and garlic . 

Now what are you waiting for  add salt, powdered chilli, cashews, curry leaves, peanuts , garlic  to the prepared boondi and mix well .

Kara Boondi is ready. Store it in an air tight container.

Crunchy and spicy Kara boondi is ready to be served with a hot cup of tea.

Relish this kara boondi with a hot cup of tea and enjoy :)

Notes :

Frying curry leaves and cashews in ghee gives a nice flavor , so don't skip it.

Adjust the red chillies according to your taste.

Aruna Manikandan

I am a passionate cook and love to experiment various cuisines , in my kitchen. This blog is my humble attempt to register a copy of recipes that I learn and try . Feel free to experiment with my recipes and adjust accordingly to suit your taste and requirements.Hope you enjoy :)


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  1. Looks tasty will try this recipe..thanks

  2. Perfect Deepavali savory looks crisp and delicious.

  3. crunchy munchy boondi... lov the beautiful clicks

  4. Kara boondi Is one of my favorites.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. its crunchy But i do everything for My mixture :D urs look perfect

  6. Crispy and lovely looking kara boondi. Excellent preparation.

  7. Lovely Kara boondhi! It sure is addictive :)

  8. Very attractive snacks, i would love to munch some rite now.

  9. looks super crispy and delicious.

  10. Looks super crunchy and perfectly done

  11. Crispy and crunchy snack..I too posted the same today

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