Aappaka Bonda – Madurai Special (Appakka Bonda)

Aappaka Bonda is a very famous tea time snack that is popularly sold around the Madurai Meenakshi temple areas in the evenings. Aappaka Bondas are very unique in taste and does not involve any prior preparations like soaking or grinding. It just involves three steps – Mix, Rest and Fry, your Bondas are ready to be served in minutes. The whole procedure is so easy and less time consuming.

Aappaka Bonda

Yesterday I saw Chef Venkatesh Bhat preparing this bonda in ‘Samayal Samayal’ program. Till then I had never heard of this Madurai special – Aappaka Bonda. The name “Aappaka or Appakka” itself sounded so special and also the preparation was simple that it made me try immediately.  I made this Madurai special bonda for my family and was an instant hit among them. Aapakka Bondas are so delicious, golden brown and crisp on the outside, soft on the inside that you can’t resist yourself by just having one. Addition of curds and jeera imparts a unique flavor to these Bondas and make them yummy.

Also, made the Madurai special Kara Chutney to go with the Bondas just like the way the Chef had shown, will post the chutney recipe shortly. Do try out this Madurai special snack, Aapakka Bonda, you’ll love its taste.

Aappaka Bonda


Maida – 1 cup
Rice flour – 1 cup
Thick curds – 1 cup
Hing – ½ tsp
Cooking soda – a pinch
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Jeera or cumin seeds – ¾ tsp
Salt to taste
Water needed to make the batter
Oil for deep frying


Prep time – 5 mins
Resting time – 10 mins
Cooking time – 25 mins
Total time – 40 mins
Makes 20-22 Bondas

  1. Take maida, rice flour, chilli powder, hing, jeera, salt and cooking soda in a bowl, combine everything well using your hands. Add curds to it, and then add water little by little to form a thick batter. Leave it aside for 10-15 mins.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai, once the oil is hot, using your hands drop small rounds of the batter into the oil and golden fry them.
  3. Once the bondas are golden brown, remove them using a slotted ladle.
  4. Repeat the same for the rest of the batter and make all the bondas in the same way. Aappaka Bonda is ready.

Aappaka Bonda

Serve and enjoy these Madurai special Aappaka Bonda with Kara Chutney.

Aappaka Bonda


  1. Batter should be thick like bonda batter. You should be able to make small rounds using your hand, which is the right consistency.
  2. Always cook the bondas on medium flame as cooking on high flame will make the outer layer cook fast while the inner part may remain uncooked.