Easy Kunukku

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. This dish is served with chutney.

Easy Kunukku

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: SnacksCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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This Kunukku recipe is made with left over idli batter and is served with chutney


  • 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


  • Chop the onion and green chillies finely.
  • 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.
  • In a kadai put a teaspoon oil and when it is hot add mustard. When it pops up add asafoetida powder and pour over the batter and mix well.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and take a small ladle of batter and pour it in the hot oil. Fry till it turns light brown.


  1. Love the gorgeous golden color, yummy snack! 🙂

  2. Thank you Asha.

  3. Oh my gosh this looks amazing! I am drooling. I have some extra idli batter sitting around.. now I have some inspiration!

  4. Kamala I forgot to ask.. When you say ‘one big bowl’ of Idli batter, do you mean 3 cups worth? What is the amount? Nandri

  5. Hi Kamala,
    This is a traditional dish usually prepared with soured ‘adai’ batter. Yours seems good and unusual tempting me to try it. Keep it up.

    Viji Varadarajan

  6. Thank you Jennifer and Viji for taking time to visit my site and your comments.

    Jennifer – Yes approx 3 teacups of batter.

  7. Anonymous

    Today i made this Easy Kunukku with cocunut chutney. It is really very tasty. As u r calling it Easy Kunukku, it is really easy kunukku. In south indian homes normally Idly batter is always available. If suddenly guests come then we can easily do this snack.

    Thankyou very much for giving us a very easy and good snack item.

  8. Hi,

    Thank you for visiting my site and your comments. As you said rightly idly batter is always available in South Indian homes. You can also use this batter for making quick paniyaram using the paniyaram chatti.

  9. Hi kamala,
    Your recipe looked tempting.Yesterday i made them with left out idli batter(followed all the instructions).But the balls didnt come out properly,they became flat(as per instructions i added little water also).Can u tell me how to achieve Kunnukus like yours?


  10. Hi Aparna,

    It seems your idli batter is too loose (having more water). Adding maida or rawa will make the batter slightly thicker than the normal idli batter. The dough should be slightly loose than chapati dough and slighly firm than the idli batter. If your idli batter is already watery, then no need to add any water. Add just rawa or maida and make a thick semi solid dough. Even you can drop the batter by hand. If the batter is having more water than required, then it will spread on oil and become flat.

    Try once again and let me know the result.

  11. Hi kamala
    Your website is wonderful, everyday ur blog kolams only decorate my home n gives welcome look. Awsome kolams n all like my kolam

    Here today I tried this kunuku for taste was awsome but came flate. U told to add little water so it became like tat.

    Just update method as u said for aparna.so only if required can add water.

    Thank u 🙂

  12. Hi Kamala, could you also please post the recepie for the traditional Kunukku?


  13. sreelatha

    kunukkus are very tasty but when i dropped the batter into hot oil, kunukkus merged together. can give any tip to make as u did? thank u.

  14. Hi aunty I really very happy that I can learn the recipes easily. all the recipes are superb

  15. Kunnuku is very nice…

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