Poila Baisakh Special – Kumro Fuler Vada

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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers – it’s the IPL match today at Eden gardens, Kolkata, and am on way to watch it. After a long gap of 15 years, I am going to watch a match at Eden. The mishap in ‘96 World Cup semi finals compelled me to stop going to cricket grounds. But, a box ticket and the idea of sitting close to King Khan (read Shah Rukh Khan) compelled me to give it a shot.

Its Monday and probably most house holds stick to the no non-veg on Monda regimes, so thought of picking up a vegetarian recipe for today, an authentic Bengali recipe for Paila Baisakh series (check out the Tel Koi in this series) – fritters of pumpkin flower (kumro ful) is one of the most special vadas in Bengali cuisine. The flower dipped in a batter of gram flour with its crunchy yet smooth taste appeals to everyone.


  • · A dozen pumpkin flowers
  • · ¼ cup tablespoon rice flour
  • · ½ cup gram flour
  • · 1 teaspoon nigella
  • · 1 tablespoon mustard oil
  • · Sunflower oil for deep frying


  • · Take out the anther from the flowers and wash well
  • · Mix all the ingredients except the oil for frying with 2 cups of water. The batter should be runny
  • · Heat the oil in a frying pan or wok
  • · Dip each flower in the batter and deep fry separately
  • · Once done, wrap the flowers with a kitchen paper to absorb the extra oil
  • · Serve hot with rice and dal

Check for more Bengali style bara (vada) – Bombay Duck fritter, Macher Dimer Vada

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8 thoughts on “Poila Baisakh Special – Kumro Fuler Vada

  1. Hey Sudeshna ,this is just lovely, kumro phuler vada & bok (egret flower) fuler vada are my fav.

    shubho noboborsho though little late

    pls do check the event going on in my site : summer coolers

    1. Sukanya,
      Thanks for the wishes. I have just shifted city so a little stuck between bags and baggage:). Will surely try to participate in the event.

  2. Poila boishakher onek priti o shubhechcha…. aar bolona mone hochche…ebar flight ta dhore baari chole jaai…….aar thaakte parchina…..
    tomader shobaaike shubho noboborsher onek priti o shubhechcha……

  3. Kumro phuler vada amar most favorite vada, desher baire theke ei jinis gulo bhisan miss kari…jibe jal asche, tomake aar tomar family ke janai shubho nababarsher shubhechcha

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