Kakharu Phula Bhaja
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Kakharu Phula Bhaja

Kakharu Phula Bhaja (Pumpkin Flower Fry) Recipe

Oriya Kakharu Phula Bhaja or Pumpkin Flower Fritters Recipe is a popular Odissi traditional recipe of Odisha and West Bengal. These pumpkin flower fritters is an easy and quick recipe.

Kakharu Phula Bhaja

We eat all parts of the pumpkin plantstem as kakharu danka rai, fruit kakharu in many items like dalma, bhaja, leaves in rai patra poda and flower as pithau inOdia cuisine. The fries recipe of pumpkin flower serve as a tasty side dish. So do try this easy recipe in pumpkin flower season.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, odisha
Servings 4 People
Calories 1.5 kcal


  • 1 Iron or Non-Stick Tawa


  • 10 pcs pumpkin blossoms(Kakharu Phula)
  • 1 cup rice (Arua chaula)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tsp Green Chilli (Kancha Lanka)
  • 4 cloves garlic (rasuna)
  • 1 tsp ginger (ada)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder (haladi gunda)
  • 2-3 tsp Cooking oil
  • salt to taste (luna)


  • Soak rice in water for about half-an-hour.
  • Remove the stem, ovary and all inner parts of pumpkin blossoms.
  • Keep whole petal of each flower intact.
  • Then wash them thoroughly.
  • Then prepare the rice paste with soaked rice , cumin seeds, garlic, green chili and ginger with a small amount of water to a grinder/ mixer. Grind it to a coarse paste like dosa batter.
  • Transfer the paste into a container and add turmeric powder and salt to taste, mix well. Keep it aside.
  • Heat the iron tawa or non-stick tawa, Spread ro sprinkle little oil to the tawa.
  • Dip the flowers one by one in the batter and sallow fry the flowers on medium flame.
  • Sprinkle oil in the upper side of the flowers in the tawa.
  • After one minute turn them upside down and fry.
  • Allow all the flowers to turn golden brown and crispy.
  • Your Kakharu Phula Bhaja is ready to be served as side dish



You can prepare the batter using 4 part besan(Gram flour) and one part rice flour with same other ingredients. Also you can add red chili powder to ass more spiceness
Keyword Odia Recipe, Odisha Food