Easy Kunukku


  • Idli batter – 1 big bowl
  • Maida or rava – 2 tablespoons
  • Cooking soda – a pinch
  • Onion – 1
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Asafotida Powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Oil – for deep frying

Kunukku is traditionally prepared by soaking dhals and rice and grinding with chillies and salt. This batter is deep fried like bonda. But for a quick version, we can make it with left over idli batter also. Here is the recipe:


  1. Chop onion and green chillies finely.
  2. Add maida or rave to the idli batter and mix well. If necessary add little water to make the batter flow easily from a spoon when poured. Add a pinch of salt along with cooking soda and chopped onion, green chillies and curry leaves to the batter.
  3. In a kadai put a teaspoon oil and when it is hot add mustard. When it pops up add asafotida powder and pour over the batter and mix well.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai and take a small laddle of batter and pour it in the hot oil. Fry till it turns light brown.
  5. Serve with chutney.


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