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Chickpea and Poppy Seed Batter Fried Squash Blossom

 

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While fried blossoms are enjoyed in a lot of cuisines in many different ways, the batter and the spices used in here makes this so typically Indian. What is even more special is that the blossoms are from our backyard

Back in India, these fritters are usually made with pumpkin blossoms. Zucchini blossoms are easier to find here and they pretty much taste the same.

 

 

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Yes our long awaited summer break has finally begun. And that means the girls are home with me and while I will be cooking a lot (and sometimes with them), I will get almost no time to photograph or make a post for the blog. I will try to post once in a while, but there are no promises. I have some posts in the draft and I will try to finish them and post whenever I can make some time.

 

 

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I hope all of you have a wonderful summer with children and your family. This is the time to relax, not wake up to the screech of the alarm clock and rejuvenate for another busy year. Enjoy and soak in this beautiful time.

 

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The batter for these fritters are made with chickpea flour – all gluten free. Besan/chickpea flour is the most common flour used to make fritters in India. To this I have added some poppy seeds which imparts a lovely crunch and some nigella seeds for flavor.

 

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The zucchini plants have pretty much taken over my vegetable patch. We are having a lot of zucchinis and there is no scarcity of the flowers either. The bees and the insects are constantly humming and crawling around it.

 

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They bloom early on and as the day moves ahead, the blossoms silently and softly close, sometimes closing their petals with the insects inside them – the reason to wash them well before you start to cook, and let the bugs out back in the yard again of course.

On this front things had gone a bit crazy. Have you encountered one of those times when just everything seems to be happening at the same time? I am sure you have. It has been that way for a while now… more than words can say. We are slowly settling down. Summer is here and we are determined to have a good time.

 

 

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(I have used the Bengal Gram/Brown Chickpea flour for the above fritters. Do you notice the darker shade of brown? Brown Chickpea flour is darker than the Chickpea flour and has more texture to it).

The crispy on the outside and tender on the inside fried blossoms were one of the “most wanted” recipes, and it is only now after so many years that I enjoying them with all my heart.

 

 

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In other cuisines the blossoms are usually stuffed with cheese or meat or various other things. But these ones are fried just by themselves. If you have enough blossoms, it is a good idea to stuff a blossoms with a couple of others, just to give it some volume and bite. But if there are not enough, they are good just by themselves too.

 

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Chickpea and Poppy Seed Batter Fried Squash Blossom

 

Ingredients: (makes 10 fritters)

  1. 20 squash blossoms (blossoms with a little bit of stems attached are preferred as they are easy to dip in the batter)
  2. 3/4 – 1 cup chickpea flour/besan
  3. 1.5 tablespoon rice flour (optional but recommended if you want it nice and crisp)
  4. 1/4 teaspoon kalonji/nigella seeds
  5. salt to taste
  6. 1.5 tablespoon poppy seeds  - I have used while poppy seeds as this is the kind used in Indian recipes (the black one is fine too)
  7. 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (optional)
  8. 1 teaspoon red chili powder/cayenne
  9. a pinch of baking soda
  10. water – just enough to make a thick batter
  11. oil to deep fry
  12. Chaat Masala or Kala Namak/Black Salt to sprinkle if you wish

 

 

Method:

Wash the blossoms well, even the inside. Remove dirt and insects. Often times the bugs cling on to the inside walls. Carefully open the petals and wash the inside.

Remove the yellow pistil/stamen from inside the flower and wash the flowers well.

Make a thick batter (thick enough to coat the blossoms well ) with the water, poppy seeds, chickpea flour, rice flour, salt, turmeric, chili powder, baking soda, kalonji/nigella seeds.

Stuff one blossom inside the other. (you can do up to 3 flowers if you have enough; single blossom may be batter fried too, it only will not have that much bite to it).

Heat enough oil in a wok/kadhai to deep fry. Dip the blossom in the batter, give it a small shake for the extra to drizzle off and carefully place in the hot oil a few at a time. Do not overcrowd and fry in batches if needed. Fry until both sides are golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Sprinkle some chaat masala or kala namak/black salt if you wish (it tastes fantastic without it too).

Serve right away – piping hot with your favorite condiment.

Traditionally we have it as a side with any kind of dal and rice during meal times. But these are as perfect as snacks too, especially on a rainy day.

 

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Difficulty Level: Easy

Serves/Makes: makes 10 fried blossoms

 

 

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26 comments to Chickpea and Poppy Seed Batter Fried Squash Blossom

  • s

    Soma, you have taken my back to my days of living in Rome- i love the squash blossom fritters they make there. your version of that snack is wonderful. i must try to get my hands on dark brown besan. i have never seen it before. lovely post. x s

  • Pretty! Love the pictures.

  • Oh my I love this squash blossoooooooooooom , and its fresh from backyard…mmmmmmm yumm :)

  • Sreeparna

    Soma, have you seen squash blossoms in the DFW metroplex anywhere? I don’t have squash plants in the backyard and would love to get my hands on some blossoms.

  • i have never tastes squash blossom fritters. such a lovely snack!Have a great weekend!

  • anh

    oh there is brown chickpea flour? I have never heard of it!

  • Can imagine the taste,..:)

  • Yum..yum..both the fritters and the clicks! Have a wonderful holiday, Soma…enjoy your time in kitchen and with your family. Hugs.

  • Strange that I never knew blossoms are fried this way. And I love them.
    Have a nice holiday with your adorable daughters.
    Will keep an eye on the blog for posts :)

  • A fabulous snack! So irresistible. I really love the idea.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Super easy snacks! Love deep fried zucchini blossoms.

  • Uff.ei bhajar sathe patla musurrir daal aar bhaat boshabe please? Ami ashchi..
    ;-) )
    Just made harissa based on your recipe..will blog soon about it.

    cheers,
    d

  • That is just so pretty !! Have heard of these before, but never seen them…You pics are wonderful as always !

  • Looks super super delicious, i wish i had a garden or wish we got these gflowers in the shops, I have been looking for getting my hands on atleast zucchini flowers here but never seen here . I remember seeing them when we were in Rome in all the supermarkets.

  • Oh Soma, you are such a good mom!! Good for you for making your kidlets your priority while they are home with you for the summer. As my mother always told me when I would become frustrted with my wild 2 year old son “Enjoy the time with [them] now before it flies by and all of a sudden [they are] grown and gone.”

    Also thanks for such a lovely recipe… we live in such a small house and have so little garden space that I don’t have any squash growing:( I wonder how it would do in a container on the terrace? Anyway, perhaps I can find some at the local farmer’s market – the search is on!!

    Have a wonderful summer and, as with all things beautiful and seasonal, it will make having you back in my inbox all the better come autumn and school is back in session.

    They do indeed get grown too quick!!

    I think the zucchini plants would do really good in a container! They did not seem to be too much trouble, and very much worth even it just for the blossoms.

    Take care
    Cathy

  • Interesting dish! I see the blossoms used regularly in dishes cooked on Masterchef. And this is so innovative

  • They sound delicious Soma…the poppy seeds are new to me in the chickpea flour. Will try.

  • Oh my…these sound amazing! Adore fried zucchini blossom & imagine the chickpea flour would work wonders, will definitely be trying these when summer returns to NZ.

  • Pia

    This made me smile, and smile! Kumro phul bhaja is one of my all-time favourites. It’s the one thing i ask ma to get from gariahat-bajar every time i go home. And I was telling my daughter just the other day about a yellow flower (no not really like a dandelion) that can be eaten with dal-bhaath, crunchy and yummy. loved the post!

  • I’ve never had squash blossoms before, but this preparation feels so familiar and inviting, I’m going to have to try it at some point. BTW your photos are just so captivating.

    Thank you! I do hope you get to try it out sometime

  • Poppy seeds is a good idea. Very Bengali:-)

  • Nedrra Lanakila

    Your site and this recipe was linked and published on Pinterest. I would love to ‘Pin’ your http://www.ecurry.com/blog/indian/indian-kitchen-basics/the-most-commonly-used-indian-spices/

    But I noticed your right panel says “Do not copy”.

    I’m fairly new to Pinterest and surfing blog sites. Would you clarify or instruct me on how to Pin one or more of your pages?
    Thanks so much. I love your info and your presentation.

  • Yummy! Looks like you are having a great summer, Soma!

  • Oh, I just realized this is an old post! I followed your link from FB. Never mind, it looks like you were having a great summer last year, too :-)

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