Dec 152016

Bokful Bhaja is a popular Bengali vegetable fritters dish where bok phool or heron flower (so called as it’s white in colour and hangs like a heron from the tree) is dipped in a gram flour batter and deep-fried to a crispy brown.

Bokful Bhaja Recipe

Bokful Bhaja

Bokful (scientific name: Sesbania grandiflora or Agati grandiflora) is also known as agati, vegetable hummingbird or hummingbird tree. The small, fast-growing tropical medicinal tree bears white or red flowers according to its species. Agati is a good source of folate and Vitamin C.

In India, the edible flowers of S. grandiflora are called gaach-munga in Hindi, agase in Kannada, akatti in Malayalam, Hadga Flower in Marathi, agasti in Sanskrit, akatthi in Tamil and avisi in Telugu.

Bokful Heron Flowers for bok-ful recipe

According to mythology, Agasti flowers, which blossom in Autumn, are named after the Vedic sage, Agastya. The blossoms are extremely delicate and you need to handle them with care!

Agati flowers are used to treat night blindness, headache, constipation, cough, fever and catarrh.

Bokful Bhaja Bengali Recipe:

Bok Phool Bhaja Recipe

Bokful Bhaja is a traditional Bengali recipe – ‘bok’ means heron, which is white in colour and ‘ful’ means flower.  The batter fried Agathi flower fritters are absolutely amazing and a defnite hit with everyone in the family. The crisp and delicious Agasti Flower Bhajis are perfect to snack on in chilly weather or have these crunchy blossom fritters as a side with dal rice.

How to make Bengali bokful bhaja:

To make Bokful Bhaja, gently remove the filament from each flower and immerse the flowers in saline water for about 10 minutes to get rid of any insects. Drain the water and keep the heron flowers aside.

Agasti Flowers For Bok Flower Fritters Recipe

In a bowl combine, gram flour, cornflour, rice flour, poppy seeds, cooking soda, turmeric, asafoetida, chilli powder and salt.

Spices for Agati Flower Fritters Recipe

Add water little by little and make a thick smooth batter.

Gram flour batter for Hagda blossom fritters recipe

Heat oil in a kadai over medium heat. Dip the agasti blossoms in the gram flour batter. 

Batter coated Bok Phool for Bengali bhaja recipe

Gently drop the batter coated blossom fritters into the hot oil.

Fry Bok Phool Ka Pakora

Deep fry the Bok phool until both sides turn a light golden colour.

Fried Bok-Phul Bhaja

Remove the fried Bok phool with a slotted spoon and place them on tissue paper to absorb the extra oil.

Agathi Flower Fritters Recipe Bengali style

Serve crunchy Bokful Bhaja with rice and dal.

Agasti Flower Bhajji Recipe

If you are looking for more vegetable fritters recipes, do try out Bell Pepper Fritters and Cabbage Fritters

Agasti Flower Bhaji Recipe details below:

Bokful Bhaja Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Agasti or Agati flower Bhaji is a delicacy in Bengal. Tender, velvety white agathi flowers have crescent-shaped closed petals. Bok phool bhaja or agati blossom fritters are made by dipping the delicate white flowers in a spiced gram flour batter and deep frying them to a golden brown.
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Bengali
Servings: 4
Calories: 89 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Bokful/Agati Flowers - 8
  • Besan/Gram Flour – 4 tbsp
  • Cornflour – 1 tbsp
  • Rice flour – 2 tbsp
  • Poppy seeds – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric – 1/8 tsp
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1/8 tsp
  • Oil for deep frying
  1. Wash the bokful and remove the stamen and calyx from inside each one of them to reduce bitterness. Keep them immersed in salt water for 10 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
  2. Take besan, rice flour, cornflour, baking soda, poppy seeds, salt, turmeric, chilli powder and asafoetida in a mixing bowl. Add a little water at a time and make a smooth and slightly thick batter.
  3. Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat
  4. Dip the bokful in the prepared batter, coat well and deep fry to a golden brown.
  5. Remove the fried bok flowers with a slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper.
  6. Serve hot and crispy Bokful Bhaja with Khichdi.


Bokful Bhaja With White Agasti Flowers | Bengali Bok Phool Fritters
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Shil is a freelance writer, professional blogger, foodie, health advocate and travel enthusiast.

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