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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

South Indian Vegetable Bonda

Vegetable Bondas are deliciously addictive South Indian Snacks. They are similar in preparation to vadas but instead of a veggie doughnuts, they are the equivalent of veggie doughnut holes! These are simple, quick, and can be made with pretty much any mix of vegetables. It's great as a snack or a side dish. These tasty ones have a hint of sweetness from the peas & summer corn which balances the spice from the chilies nicely, while the cauliflower florets gives them some extra crunch!
Here is my recipe:

South Indian Vegetable Bonda

Emily (Cooking for Kishore)


Vegetable Bonda
  • 1/2 cup Chana Dal
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 Green Chili
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida powder
  • 1/2 cup Cauliflower, small florets
  • 1/4 cup Green Peas
  • 1/4 cup Sweet Corn Kernels
  • 1 Shallot, diced
  • 3-4 Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 cup Cilantro, chopped


  1. Soak the Chana Dal in 2 cups of warm water for about an hour.
  2. Drain the water from the Dal and place softened beans in a food processor. Grind to a paste, then slowly add water till it gains a thick batter consistency.
  3. To the batter add all the spices and vegetables. Mix throughly.
  4. Pour oil about 1/2" deep into a frying pan, and heat to medium.
  5. While the oil is heating, with slightly damp hands start forming the balls.
  6. Carefully place them in the oil, and cook till golden brown on both sides.
  7. Drain on paper towels. Serve Hot with chutney of your choosing.
Yield: 10-15
Prep Time: 1 hrs. 30 mins.
Cook time: 20 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs. 50 mins.
Tags: vegetable bonda recipe, bonda recipe, south indian recipe, indian recipe, vegetarian, vegan


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