Mysore is the name of a city in India and Bonda is a deep fried flour dumpling. I have no clue why this is called Mysore bonda. May be the recipe originated in Mysore and got that name.
This is a perfect snack for the chilly evenings. All purpose flour is mixed with sour yogurt and the dumplings are deep fried in oil. Mysore bonda is a popular street food in South India - often sold along with Mirchi Bajjis(green peppers dipped in chickpea flour and deep fried in oil) in portable stalls on the street corners.
All purpose flour: 2 cups
Sour yogurt: 1 cup
Onions, finely chopped: 1/2 cup(optional)
Cilantro, finely chopped: 2 tbsp
Ginger, grated: 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Green chillies, finely chopped: 1
Curry leaves: 5
Water: 1/4 cup
Baking soda: a pinch
Add the all purpose flour in a mixing bowl and add the cumin seeds, cilantro, salt, green chillies, onions and ginger and set it aside.
Take 1 cup of yogurt in a bowl and a quarter cup of water and whisk thoroughly.
Add the whisked yogurt to the AP flour mixing it without forming any lumps.
Add a pinch of baking soda and set the batter aside for an hour.
Add oil to the frying pan and when the oil is heated scoop out the batter with an ice cream scoop or with the hand and drop the dumplings in the oil.
Cook until the dumplings turn golden brown , remove them with a slotted spoon and drain the excess oil on a paper towel.
Tip: Make sure the oil is not over heated when you drop the dumplings. the dumplings change color very soon on the outside and inside will not be cooked well.