The process of making a spicy bonda involves potato filling dipped in gram flour batter.
Bonda has a sweet and a spicy variant. Keralites prefer the sweet one called Sugiyan, while the savoury version is common in the rest of India.
Some regional variants in Kerala replace the potato with tapioca (Tapioca Bonda) or sweet potato and some onion, hard boiled egg (Mutta Bonda), masala, minced meat and other ingredients.
Vegetable Bonda is a dish of Udupi cuisine, where fresh green peas and other finely chopped vegetables like French beans, carrot and coriander leaves are used as filling. Mangalore bonda is another delicacy from Karnataka. This bonda however is made from maida (all purpose flour).