Kakharu Phula Bhaja

Kakharu Phula Bhaja

Kakharu phula fritters is a rural Odisha delicacy but enjoyed around the Globe by the Odias. Dipped in rice and gram flour batter, the pan fried pumpkin flowers are an absolute delight.


  • A bunch(approximately 10) Pumpkin flowers
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1/2 Cup Besan(gram flour)
  • 5 tbsp rice powder
  • 1 tbsp Curry/paprika powder
  • 1/2 tbsb salt to taste
  • 1/2 tbsb turmeric powder
  • Sunflower/Olive/Mustard(Cooking) oil
  • 1/2 tbsb Kalonji Seeds(Black Onion)


  • Wash the Kakharu Phula(Pumpkin flowers) and dry it with kitchen towel
  • Mix the copped onions,Besan,rice powder,curry powder,turmeric,kalonji seeds and salt with water to make a thick batter.
  • Stuff the flower with the above batter and coat the outer side of the flower with some batter
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and just pan fry gently the battered flowers.Make sure you flip then on both sides on low/medium flame.Serve hot with a bowl of steaming white Rice.

Contributed By:

Durgesh Nandini Mishra

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