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Kumro Phuler Bora |Bengali Pumpkin Flower Fritters

  • Author: Debjani
  • Yield: 3-4 People


Fritters prepared with the petals of Pumpkin Flower; is a traditional Bengali fritter or Pakora known as Kumro Phuler Bora


  • Kumro Phul / Pumpkin Flower: 12
  • Bengal Gram Flour / Besan: 4 Tbsp.
  • Rice Flour: 1 Tbsp.
  • Poppy Seed / Posto / Khuskhus: 1 Tsp.
  • Nigella Seed / Kalo Jeera / Kalaunji: 1/2 Tsp.
  • Baking Soda: 1/4 Tsp.
  • Chili Powder: 1/2 Tsp.
  • Salt: 1/2 Tsp.
  • Refined Vegetable Oil: For deep frying


  1. Wash Kumro Phul or Pumpkin Flower under running water.
  2. Using a knife (I have used a scissor) remove the sepal or the green part beneath the petals.
  3. Now give the flower a vertical slit and remove the stamen and pistil (male and female parts of the flower) from inside.
  4. Wash the joined petals lightly with water for further use.
  5. Following the process mentioned wash remaining flowers.
  6. Now take Besan, Rice Flour, Poppy Seed, Nigella Seed, Baking Soda, Chili Powder and Salt in a bowl and mix properly using a spoon.
  7. Keep a cup of water handy to make a thick batter.
  8. Add 4-5 Tbsp. of water to the mixture and start mixing with the spoon to make the batter and keep on adding water if required until a thick batter is formed.
  9. Now heat sufficient Refined vegetable oil in a pan.
  10. Coat a piece of pumpkin flower with the batter.
  11. Start frying in medium flame until the fritter turns golden brown from one side.
  12. Turn the fritter to other side and fry that side too.
  13. Following the process mentioned fry rest of the Pumpkin Flowers or Kumro Phul.
  14. I have fried 3-4 flowers in one go.
  15. Serve Kumro Phuler Bora or Pumpkin Flower Fritters hot with rice and Daal or have it with a cup of tea or Coffee.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Bengali
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