kaddu pakora or pumpkin fritters for navratri vrat, navratri recipes

kaddu pakoras, pumpkin fritters recipe

kaddu pakoras or pumpkin fritters made for navratri fasting. this is the third kaddu recipe i am posting for navratri. the other two recipes were kaddu ka halwa and khatta meetha kaddu.

all these three recipes were made from one medium sized pumpkin or kaddu. after making halwa and kaddu sabzi, a small portion of kaddu was still left, so i though to better utilize it in making these soft and yummy pakoras. this recipe has been adapted from nita mehta’s small cookbook.

i often make fried snacks and in the blog, you will find fritters or pakoras made from almost all veggies like aloo pakora, spinach pakora, onion pakoras, cabbage pakoras and so on… these kaddu pakoras are latest addition to this list of 14 pakoras recipes in the blog.

the most difficult part in making any kaddu dish for me is to peel it or to cut it into small pieces…. unless you buy pre chopped pumpkin pieces from the market. once you are able to chop the pumpkin, then more than half of the job is done.

from a difficult veggie to chop, the pumpkin transforms into a melt in the mouth veggie when cooked. other veggie which comes in my mind with the same melt in the mouth quality is sweet potato. these kaddu pakoras are very soft from inside and are a tasty snack to have during navratri fasting.

if you are making kaddu pakoras on regular days (non fasting days), then you can add besan or gram flour in the batter instead of the vrat flours. the amaranth flour has a tendency to stick while frying. so make use of a non stick kadai or pan for frying. also the oil should be hot.

make a very thick batter, so that the pakoras do not split or break in the oil or get stuck at the bottom of the pan. first make 1 or 2 pakoras from the the batter. if they get stuck or break in the oil, then add some more flour to the batter to thicken it. other fried snacks you can make for navratri fasting are kuttu ke pakore, sweet potato tikki, arbi tikkifarali pattice and aloo tuk.

you can serve these kaddu pakoras with yogurt which has been sweetened with sugar.

few steps to make kaddu pakoras or pumpkin fritters recipe:

1. chop kaddu or pumpkin finely as shown in the pic below. also mash the boiled potatoes. take both of them in a mixing bowl.

mix kaddu pakora ingredients

2. add the other the ingredients – singhare ka atta (water chestnut flour), rajgire ka atta (amaranth flour), green chilies and rock salt.

mixing kaddu pakora ingredients

3: make a thick batter for making pakoras and season with some cumin powder and black pepper powder

kaddu pakora batter

4. in a non-stick kadai or pan, heat oil. when the oil is sufficiently hot then drop spoonful of the batter and fry the kaddu pakoras till they become crisp and golden. drain kaddu pakoras on paper napkins to remove excess oil.

fry kaddu pakoras or pumpkin fritters

4. serve kaddu pakoras with yogurt which has been sweetened with sugar.

kaddu pakoras or pumpkin fritters

if you are looking for more navratri fasting recipes then do check vrat ki kaddu sabzi, sabudana kheer, sabudana vada, buckwheat flour rotis and rajgira ki poori.

kaddu pakoras or pumpkin fritters recipe below:

kaddu pakoras or pumpkin fritters
kaddu pakoras - pumpkin fritters made for fasting or religious vrat.
CUISINE: indian
INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • ¾ cup finely chopped pumpkin or kaddu or petha
  • ¾ cup chopped boiled potato or aloo (1 medium sized potato)
  • ½ tsp cumin powder or jeera powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper powder or kali mirch powder
  • 1 green chilli chopped or hari mirch
  • ½ cup singhare ka atta or water chestnut flour
  • ¾ cup amaranth flour or rajgira ke atta
  • sendha namak or sock salt as required
  • water as required
  • oil for deep frying
  1. mix all the ingredients and make a very thick batter.
  2. in a non-stick kadai or pan, heat oil.
  3. drop spoonfuls of the batter in hot oil.
  4. fry the pakoras till they become crisp and golden.
  5. drain on paper napkins to remove excess oil.
  6. serve kaddu pakoras with yogurt which has been sweetened with sugar.

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  1. Manali Varerkar says

    Hi Dassana!!! Can the attas used in the recipe be substituted by cornflour/ rice flour??? The amaranth flour and singhara atta is not available in my vicinity. Please let me know how I can modify this recipe. Thanks a lot. I love ur recipes.

    • says

      hi manali, if making for fasting then both amaranth flour and water chestnut flour are required. otherwise you can also make with besan/gram flour or rice flour/corn flour as you are suggesting. may be you will have to add less rice flour or corn flour as they bind very well compared to amaranth and water chestnut. so just add accordingly till you get a thick batter.