How to make Kelphoolachi Bhaji -

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Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Bottle gourd (lauki/doodhi) (लौकी / दूधी), Salt (नमक)

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Kelphoolachi Bhaji

Kelphoolachi Bhaji Recipe Card


The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Kelphoolachi Bhaji Recipe

  • Bottle gourd (lauki/doodhi) grated 150 grams

  • Salt to taste

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Green chillies chopped 3-4

  • Gram flour (besan) 1 cup

  • Oil 2 tbsps + to deep fry

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Spinach blanched and pureed 3 bunches

  • Lemon juice 1 tablespoon

  • Fresh cream 3 tablespoons

  • Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon


Step 1

Remove outer part of banana flower, separate the inner white stalks/flowers and use these flowers for bhaji. Chop the thin white flowers, wash and keep aside. Soak moong dal for 30 minutes. Remove stems from green chillies and chop fine. Heat oil in a vessel, add cumin seeds.

Step 2

When slightly brown, add curry leaves, asafoetida and green chilllies. Stir well. Add moong dal and sauté for a few seconds. Add khelphool, mix well and then add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.

Step 3

Cook till khelphool is well cooked. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves and scraped coconut.

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