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Kantola/Teasel gourd pakodas Bengali style

Shobha Keshwani
30 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
6 People
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ABOUT Kantola/Teasel gourd pakodas Bengali style RECIPE

This is a Bengali recipe of stuffed kantola fritters or pakodas. Few days ago I came to know this recipe from a dear friend Tanushree Bhowmik.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Everyday
  • West Bengal
  • Frying
  • Snacks

Ingredients Serving: 6

  1. Kantola / teasel gourd 6 (or as needed)
  2. Gram flour / besan 1 cup
  3. Rice flour 2 tbsps
  4. Poppy seeds 2 tbsps
  5. Green chillies 1
  6. mustard seeds 1 tsp
  7. Dessicated coconut 1 tbsp
  8. Cream or yogurt 1 tbsp
  9. sugar 1/4 tsp
  10. turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
  11. salt to taste
  12. Baking powder a pinch
  13. Carom seeds / ajwain 1/2 tsp
  14. Oil to fry (preferably mustard oil)


  1. Wash the teasel gourds and scrape the outer skin.
  2. Cut them into half length wise.
  3. Steam them for 10 -12 minutes. Let them cool.
  4. Scoop out the middle seed portion with a spoon. Do not discard it as it will be used in the stuffing.
  5. Grind the poppy seeds, mustard seeds, green chilli and dessicated coconut to a smooth paste using a little water.
  6. Heat a little oil in a small pan and saute the ground paste,scooped out portion of the gourd adding the cream or yogurt and a little salt.
  7. Stuff the steamed gourd halves with this mixture. Set aside.
  8. In a bowl mix the gram flour, rice flour, turmeric powder, baking powder, carom seeds and salt. Make a thick batter adding water carefully as needed.
  9. Heat oil for deep frying. Coat the gourds with the prepared batter and fry them to a golden brown colour. These can be served as a snack on its own or with dal.

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Maithili Thangkhiew
Maithili Thangkhiew   Jun-21-2016

Amazing recipe, thanks for sharing :)

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