Pumpkin Flower Fritters Recipe | Odiya style Kakharu Phula Bhaja

Pumpkin Flower Fritters Recipe is super easy to follow. Odia style Kakharu Phula Bhaja is a  delicacy that you will surely enjoy with your loved ones.

A tempting dish straight away from my mom’s kitchen.Those who have read yesterday post, now must have guessed that I am talking about my recent holidays in Bhubaneswar.
Dedicating this post to my super woman in life who always trust me ,guide me and loves me the most . A source of positiveness to me when my mind behave negative..Happy Women’s Day Maa .

What is Kakharu Phula Bhaja 

Kakharu means Pumpkin and Phula means Flower in Odia language. Delicate yellow flowers are shallow fried with a little oil.
Dipped in a batter which is balanced by salt ,cumin powder, chili powder and a pinch of sugar .

Pumpkin Flower Fritters Recipe

The batter is mostly prepared with soaked rice, the traditional way of doing it. The coarse texture of rice brings a crispiness to the dish.Soak rice for 30 min ,than make a fine paste of it.It will give a nice smooth texture.
Many prefer to use all purpose flour. I personally do not like that.
Pumpkin Flower Fritters Recipe | Odia style Kakharu Phula Bhaja

My Mom adds crushed  cumin cumin seeds to the batter sometime. It adds more flavour.
The sugar is added to uplift the sweetness. Mom always makes fritters out of them which are on little sweeter side.

You may like to check Recipe for Moringa Fritters 

Adding garlic is optional.I love Garlic and it works amazing in this Pumpkin Flowers Fritters Recipe. I am sure you will love it. You can skip it if you do not like Garlic smell at all.

Cleaning the Pumpkin Flowers

Wash the Flowers gently. Pat dry with kitchen towel. They are really delicate. Remove the Green part at the bottom.you don’t need the stem.

The stems are edible . I add them to a vegetable curry called ‘Ghanta’ .Its another Odiya delicacy .



Print Recipe
Crunchy Pumpkin Flower Fritters
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
  1. Make a thin batter of rice flour,garlic paste,chili powder,salt, cumin powder and water.
  2. Wash the flowers and pat them dry with tea towel.Dip one flower at a time in the batter on both side.
  3. Shallow fry on a tawa or flat pan with little oil.It will take 2-3 min to cook on each side of a flower. Enjoy hot..
    Pumpkin Flower Fritters Recipe | Odia style Kakharu Phula Bhaja

5 thoughts on “Pumpkin Flower Fritters Recipe | Odiya style Kakharu Phula Bhaja”

  1. Monalisa Patnaik

    Lovely! Just the way we make it – only we stuff one flower within the other so that we get more taste of the flower. 🙂

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