Friday, December 26, 2008

Grated Pumpkin Fritters / Vada

We have been getting different kind of squashes/pumpkins in our weekly produce box. I have used those in making curries, sagu, stri-frys so I was looking for some new recipe to try with pumpkins, so I got the recipe from 'Madhur Jaffery's World Vegetarian' Cook book. As soon as I read the title I wanted to try it, so made fritter with pumpkin/squash. Along with pumpkin i also added some onions for some crunch, we all enjoyed them very much. It tasted like onion pakodas but with little more sweeter than that.


  • Delicata Squash - 2 cups coarsely grated (any kind of pumpkin/squash can be used)
  • Red onion- 1 medium size thinly sliced
  • Cilantro/coriander leaves- one handful chopped


  • Chickpea flour and rice flour about a cup
  • Cayenne pepper- 1tsp (use less or more to desired taste)
  • Turmeric- 1 tsp (for color) optional
  • Salt to tasted
  • Peanut/groundnut oil - for deep frying.

Little info about Delicata Squash

Delicata squashes are oblong in shape, small in size measures about 5 to 10 inches long. They are also known as peanut squash, because of the way it looks.

Outer skin is light colored with greenish orange strips and can be cut easily and skins can peeled easily using regular vegetable peeler.

Inside flesh is light yellow in color, sweet to taste. Can be used in making stir fries, curries, baking.

Grated delicate squash, I used for making fritters.

Making Fritters

  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Mix together grated squash, sliced onions, chopped cilantro leaves to that add rice flour and chickpea flour, salt and Cayenne pepper.Add water little by little to make the batter, it should be thick enough to drop into the oil.
  3. When oil is hot enough, take the batter make like a Pattie on you hand or on a parchment paper and slide down slowly into hot oil 2 -3 at a time( or just drop little by little using a spoon). Fry till golden brown.
  4. Take out and drain excess oil on paper towel, serve warm with chutney or hot sauce.

We enjoyed with hot cup of coffee.

*Not in a mood to eat deep fried snacks, this can also be shallow fried. Make sure the mixture is not too thin.

I'll be sending this to the event Sunday snacks-Hot n Spicy hosted by Pallavi of All thingz Yummy.


  1. Anything that tastes like Onion pakodas has to be good! Lovely idea of using pumpkin.

  2. Woww send me some drooling over these crispy vadas...yummyyyy

  3. Pumpkin pakodas, never had them, but they look very crunchy and yummy..

  4. looks delicious!
    join in the savory event going in my blog!
    Wish u a very happy new year!

  5. Never would have thought to use pumpkin/squash in pakodas...looks fantastic :-)