Gilkyachi Bhaji

These batter fried fritters are a real surprise. Sponge gourd slices are dipped in spiced gram flour batter and deep fried to perfection. They are so very delicious that you are sure to want to make them and enjoy with your loved ones often.

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Gilkyachi Bhaji

Main ingredients Sponge gourd, Gram flour, Green chllies, Roasted and crushed coriander seeds, Roasted cumin powder, Carom seeds, Turmeric powder, Red chilli powder, Fresh coriander leaves, Oil
Cuisine Maharashtrian
Course Snacks and starters
Prep time 5-10 minutes
Cook time 10-15 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Savoury
Level of cooking Easy
Others Vegetarian


  • 300 grams sponge gourd (gilkya)
  • 1½ cups gram flour (besan)
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon roasted and crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Tomato ketchup for serving


  1. Slice the sponge gourd.
  2. Take gram flour in a bowl. Add green chillies, coriander seeds, cumin powder, carom seeds, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and coriander leaves and mix.
  3. Add 1 cup water and whisk to make smooth and thick batter.
  4. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Dip the sponge gourd slices in batter, one by one, slide into hot oil and deep-fry on medium heat till golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.
  5. Arrange them on a serving platter and serve hot with tomato ketchup.