Kara Boondi (Spiced Gram Flour Pearls Trail Mix)

4.50 from 4 votes

Kara Boondi is another great item for festive occasions like Diwali or if you want you can make this as a tea time snack for anytime use.
I personally have less of fried items these days so make this on festive occasions or times when I have guests for tea!
This was one of the most easy and sought after treats in the South Indian teatimes where the beverage is filter coffee (teatime stands for the time and not for the beverage here) coupled with crispy and crunchy Kara Boondi! Bliss!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Served AsSnacks
CuisineSouth Indian
Recipe Taste Salty, Spicy
Servings 5


  • 2 cup Boondi You can use readymade Boondi or better try making your own at home
  • 1/2 cup Peanuts
  • 5 - 6 Cashews broken, optional
  • 5 - 6 Almonds broken, optional
  • 10 - 12 Raisins stems removed
  • 10 - 12 Curry Leaves
  • 2 teaspoon Salt reduce to 1/2 tsp if you have salted Boondi
  • 2 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar powdered
  • 1 teaspoon Asafetida Heeng
  • 2 teaspoon Oil


  • Heat 1/2 tsp Oil and add Heeng and 4 – 5 Curry Leaves. Fry till the Leaves turn crisp. Cool and powder in a spice grinder with sugar, salt and red chili powder. Keep aside.
  • Heat remaining oil and add the Peanuts. After 2 - 3 seconds add the cashews and Almonds (if using). Add the Raisins and fry till the Peanuts turn dark brown and the Raisins puff up into small balloons.
  • You can fry the Raisins separately as well if you risk them getting charred. Drain on an absorbent paper and keep aside.
  • After all the fried delights come to room temperature you can start mixing them. Take a large bowl or an airtight container and put half of the boondi, half of the fried nuts then half of the prepared spice powder.
  • Follow with the rest of the Boondi, nuts and powder and mix with a wooden spatula to amalgamate the Boondi and nuts with the spice powder. Store in airtight jars.
  • Enjoy with tea of coffee!

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Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 330 kcal | Carbohydrates: 35 g | Protein: 16 g | Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7 g | Trans Fat: 0.01 g | Sodium: 978 mg | Potassium: 589 mg | Fiber: 8 g | Sugar: 6 g | Vitamin A: 424 IU | Vitamin C: 88 mg | Calcium: 69 mg | Iron: 4 mg

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Amrita Iyer
Amrita Iyer

I am a passionate foodie who loves to cook, serve and love to see people relishing my creations. Since the time I was small I used to wonder about the 'how' of things in the kitchen.

Then when I finally ventured as an unprofessional kitchen helper for my late grand-mother (a par excellent cook in her own generation) I was fascinated by the amount of stuff you could do to a simple milk and rice to form a most yummy pudding.

Here I am sharing my recipes with a will to learn from some and educate others as well!

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