The crispy texture of the fritters adds a satisfying crunch, making them an excellent starter or snack. Yum! This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Main Ingredients Red pumpkin, Gram flour (besan)
Cuisine Bengali
Course Snacks and Starters
Prep Time 11-15 minutes
Cook time 11-15 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Veg


  • ½ medium pumpkin, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons gram flour (besan)
  • 2 tablespoons rice flour
  • ½ teaspoon nigella seeds (kalonji)
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Tomato ketchup to serve


  1. Cut the pumpkin into 1½ inch rectangular pieces of medium thickness. Transfer in a bowl.
  2. Add gram flour, rice flour, nigella seeds, salt and turmeric powder in a bowl. Add sufficient water and make a batter of medium thick consistency.Mix well to avoid lumps in batter.
  3. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.
  4. Dip the pumpkin pieces in the batter and coat well.
  5. Add the pumpkin pieces in kadai and deep fry on medium heat till golden and crisp. Drain on an absorbent paper.
  6. Serve hot with tomato ketchup.