Cheesy Bread Bondas (Deep Fried Cheese-filled Bread Balls)

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Cheesy Bread Bondas are a quick snack to make for evening tea, as a starter at any party or when friends drop in.  Trimmed bread slices are filled with a cheese-onion mixture, rolled into balls and deep fried to a golden brown color.

I learnt this tasty dish from an aunt of mine and ever since then, it has become a favorite in our house.  She had used coriander leaves and Indian spices; our favorite is pizza flavored filling with onions, bell peppers, chilli flakes, oregano and lots of mozzarella cheese!!! Biting into a warm bread bonda reveals the oozy melting cheese and is reminiscent of eating a pizza in a bonda form!! Whenever I ask my children what snack they would like me to prepare, this is the first one they mention!!! Hope it will be your favorite too. 

Cheesy Bread Bonda (Deep fried Cheese filled Bread Balls)

Ingredients

  • 9 to 10 slices of bread (depending upon the size of the bread slices; I used big slices)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup of capsicum or bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 green chillies, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon oregano flakes
  • ½ teaspoon chilli flakes
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • Oil for deep frying

Instructions

  1. First let us make the bread bonda balls.
  2. Remove the sides from all the bread slices (you can use this to make croutons) with a sharp knife.
  3. In a bowl, add the onions, bell pepper, green chillies, chilli flakes, oregano and mozzarella cheese. Mix well till fully combined.
  4. Take a slice of bread, moisten with water on both sides (you can dip them in a bowl of water, but do not soak it too much, just dip, remove and squeeze the water out between the palms of your hands, maintaining the shape of the bread slice).
  5. Spoon about a tablespoon of mixture in the center, pull up the corners of the bread slice over the filling press, roll and make into round balls. Press gently while making the balls to squeeze out any excess water and take care to not expose the filling.
  6. Prepare all the bread bondas, cover and refrigerate for about half an hour (optional, but this sets the bonda balls and maintains the shapes).
  7. Just before serving, heat oil for deep frying.
  8. Once the oil heats up, drop about 2 to 3 bread bondas in the hot oil. Fry on medium heat, stirring often to fry them evenly, ensure even browning and to allow enough time for the heat to melt the cheese inside!!
  9. Drain on paper towels and serve hot with ketchup or tomato sauce.
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Step-by-step method

  • First let us make the bread bonda balls.
  • Remove the sides from all the bread slices (you can use this to make croutons) with a sharp knife.
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  •  In a bowl, add the onions, bell pepper, green chillies, chilli flakes, oregano and mozzarella cheese. Mix well till fully combined.

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  • Take a slice of bread, moisten with water on both sides (you can dip them in a bowl of water, but do not soak it too much, just dip, remove and squeeze the water out between the palms of your hands, maintaining the shape of the bread slice).
  • Spoon about a tablespoon of mixture in the center, pull up the corners of the bread slice over the filling press, roll and make into round balls.  Press gently while making the balls to squeeze out any excess water and take care to not expose the filling.
  • Prepare all the bread bondas, cover and refrigerate for about half an hour (optional, but this sets the bonda balls and maintains the shapes).

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  • Just before serving, heat oil for deep frying.
  • Once the oil heats up, drop about 2 to 3 bread bondas in the hot oil. Do not crowd the pan.  Fry on medium heat, stirring often to fry them evenly, ensure even browning and to allow enough time for the heat to melt the cheese inside!!

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  •  Drain on paper towels and serve hot with ketchup or tomato sauce.

Note:

  1. White bread works best for this bonda. If the bread slices are small, you may need more slices.
  2. Take care not to dip the bread in water for too long, just dip and remove, and then squeeze out all the water between the palms of your hands.
  3. The amount of cheese and green chillies can be adjusted to your taste. If you do not have oregano, use any other spice you prefer like garam masala, jeera etc. If you prefer, you can lightly sauté or fry the onions, green chillies and bell pepper in a little oil before making the stuffing.
  4. Coriander leaves give a nice flavor to it.
  5. This is a great snack to relish with tea or coffee and works great as a starter (prepare the bread balls ahead, refrigerate and deep fry just before serving). If you are serving it to small children, you can skip the green chillies and chilli flakes.

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