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Monday, October 22, 2018

Not Pumpkin Flower Fritters


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Every year during this time everyone in USA gets crazy about pumpkin for all the wrong reasons (ahem ghosts). They drink pumpkin lattes and pumpkin beers, decorate their home with hideously large pumpkins.

IMG_5293Last year I started looking out for pumpkins flowers and vines. My queries were met with strange looks. A farm owner in Ballard even offered me to get tones of the vines because essentially it is waste for them. However, I rarely found the flowers.

This year, I decided to grow my own, but not pumpkins, but rather zucchini, a cousin of the pumpkin which is easier to grow. The flowers are almost identical and I can vouch they taste exactly the same.

20180903_134635Using zucchini flowers this is how I made my kumro phul er bora or pumpkin flower fritters.


Ingredients

  • 10 zucchini flower
  • 1 tbsp. kalonji / nigella seeds
  • 1tsp. turmeric powder
  • 5 tbsp. Besan / Bengal gram flour
  • 2 tbsp. rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying
Procedure

Wash the flowers carefully in running water. Now cut the stem short and make a vertical cut through the flower to take out the stamen and the pistil.

In a mixing bowl mix gram flour, rice flour, nigella seeds, turmeric powder, salt and baking soda very well.

By adding water little at a time make a thick batter.

Heat enough refined oil for deep frying in a pan. Coat each zucchini flower with the batter and gently slide it in the hot oil. Fry on medium heat till crispy and golden brown.

Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Serve with hot rice and your favorite daal.
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