Aug 082016

Kumro Phool Bhaja or crispy Pumpkin blossoms make for a delicious summer starter. Fried pumpkin flowers are so simple and easy to prepare – just quickly whip a batter, dredge the flowers in it, fry them in hot oil to a crisp brown and eat them hot! These wonderful and savoury pumpkin blossom fritters will disappear as fast as you serve them!

Kumro Phool Bhaja Recipe

Kumro Phool Bhaja

In Bengali, kumro means pumpkin, phool is flower and bhaja is fry. Discover a whole new delicious world with these edible, healthy and yummy pumpkin blossoms. This great tasting pumpkin flower fritter recipe is definitely a keeper!

Fresh, sunshiny-yellow Kumro Phool look so beautiful when in bloom. 

pumpkin blossoms for fried kumro phool recipe

Kumro Phool Bhaja Bengali Recipe:

kumro phuler bora recipe

Bengalis relish any kind of bhaja with their lunch. In the right season, you can get to savour crisp and delicious pumpkin flower fritters. The deep-fried, crunchy fritters can be devoured as a snack or served as a side dish with meals.

pumpkin flowers for fried pumpkin blossoms recipe

How to make kumro phool bhaja with pumpkin flowers:

I have some freshly plucked pumpkins flowers from my kitchen garden ready to be made into crispy fried savoury starters.

kumro phool stem remove for pumpkin flower recipe

To make this easy pumpkin flower recipe, carefully remove the stem and stigma of each pumpkin flower.

kumro phool stigma remove for pumpkin flower fritters recipe

Rinse the blossoms and set aside to dry.

pumpkin flowers for frying fritters recipe

Take besan, rice flour, Nigella seeds, salt, turmeric and chilli powder in a mixing bowl.

pumpkin flower fritter recipe ingredients

Mix all the ingredients together and then add water, a little at a time, to make a thick batter. Keep aside.

kumro phool fritter batter recipe

Heat oil for deep-frying in a kadai. Add 1tbsp of hot oil to the prepared batter and mix real well.

Dip a pumpkin blossom in the fritter batter and coat well.

dip pumpkin flower in batter for bajji recipe

coat pumpkin blossom with batter for Bengali bajji recipe

 Gently drop the kumro phool into the hot oil.

deep fry kumro phool for bhaja recipe

Keep placing batter-coated kumro phool into the pan to fill it up. After about a-minute or two, when the underside is fried, turn over the pumpkin blossoms fritters, one by one.

drain fried kumro phool on napkin for Bengali fritters recipe

Keep flipping the fritters over until crisp and golden. Remove the kumro phool bhaja with a slotted spatula on to a paper towel to remove excess oil.

pumpkin flower fritters recipe

Serve hot Bengali Kumro Phool Bhaja with steamed rice and dal.

kumro phool bengali snack recipe

If you are looking for more pumpkin recipes, do check out Kumro Tarkari and Kumro Chechki.

Pumpkin Flower Fritters Recipe details below:

Kumro Phool Bhaja Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
A typical Bengali meal is incomplete without some sort of bhaja (fry) served alongside rice and dal. The bhaja can be any kind of batter-fried vegetable such as brinjal, potato, raw plantain and potol (wax gourd). Kumro phool bhaja or pumpkin flower fritter is a breeze to make. You can munch on these delicious fritters as a snack or enjoy it with dal-baath. Try out this easy kumro phool recipe.
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Bengali
Servings: 2
Calories: 245 kcal
Author: Shil
  • Pumpkin flowers – 6
  • Besan Chickpea flour – 6tbsp
  • Rice Flour - 3 tbsp
  • Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  • Kala jeera Nigella seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Water – 1/3 cup
  • Hot oil – 1 tbsp for batter
  • Oil for deep frying
  1. To make pumpkin blossom fritters, first cut off the stem and gently remove the stigma from inside each flower. Rinse well under running water and keep the flowers aside to drain off water.
  2. Take a mixing bowl and add chickpea flour, rice flour, kala jeera, salt, turmeric and red chilli powder. Combine well.
  3. Add water, a little at a time, and make smooth batter.
  4. Heat oil in a wok over medium heat.
  5. Drizzle 1 tbsp of hot oil on the fritter batter and blend well.
  6. Dip each pumpkin blossom in the batter and slowly release into hot oil. Do the same with rest of the kumro phool till the wok is almost filled. Allow the fritters to be fried for a minute or so and then gently flip them over. Once they turn a uniform golden-brown, remove the fritters with a slotted spoon onto absorbent paper to drain excess oil.
  7. Serve Kumro Phuler Bora hot with ketchup.


Kumro Phool Bhaja – Bengali Pumpkin Blossom Fritters Crispy Deep Fried
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Shil is a freelance writer, professional blogger, foodie, health advocate and travel enthusiast.

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