Padul Kai/Padval Bhajias or Snake Gourd Fitters

I never did like snake gourd as a child the only time I ate it was when Amma made Bhajias. Then too I ate the outer covering and managed to get rid of the insides.

The effort has unconsciously carried over and I still do not like it. But I have heard that it is a very healthy vegetable so I tried to rather unsuccessfully incorporate it in our diet.

Half the gourd is used to make a salad for my FIL and then that is the end.

On Ugadi/Gudi Padva day I remembered this bhajias.  I think I said 5 per head and made 20 pieces half expecting rejects I made potato bhajias too. Just imagine my surprise when both the girls ate and loved these more than the potato ones. In fact my younger kid is telling me to make some once more today as I was posting this recipe.

This is the last I saw these bhajias they were over before i could get a better photograph!!

20 pieces of snake gourd cut in circle
1 cup besan/kadli hit/chana daal atta
¼ tsp ajwain
A pinch of soda
1 tblspn hot oil  
1 tsp Red chilli powder(adjust as per taste)
½ tsp haldi/turmeric
Oil for deep frying

1.       In a kadhai heat the oil.
2.       Mix the besan with ajwain, haldi/turmeric, salt, red chilli powder with a little water to make a thick batter.
3.       Add the soda and mix well.
4.       Add a tblspn of hot oil. The besan should bubble around the oil. Mix well.
5.        Dip the snake gourd in the batter and deep fry golden brown on both sides.
6.       Serve hot.


17 thoughts on “Padul Kai/Padval Bhajias or Snake Gourd Fitters

  1. Santosh Bangar April 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm Reply

    nice idea to use snack gourd. looking tasty

  2. SravsCulinaryConcepts April 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm Reply

    wow looks so crispy and nice way to use snack guard !!

  3. HGourmet Foodie April 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm Reply

    never tasted a snake gourd fitters before :).. looking so scrispy and delicious!!!!

  4. R April 28, 2011 at 7:52 pm Reply

    they look so crispy and inviting! very tasty!

  5. Rachu April 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm Reply

    super snack… easy way to get in

  6. divya April 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm Reply

    looks yummy and delicious…

  7. Malar Gandhi April 29, 2011 at 12:07 am Reply

    Wonderful idea, looks too good…bet it tasted great.

  8. Torviewtoronto April 29, 2011 at 1:17 am Reply

    savoury snacks look wonderful haven't had like this

  9. aipi April 29, 2011 at 1:19 am Reply

    Snake gourd NEVER looked this tempting- am drooling all over it- loved the idea of making them into fritters n the recipe is soooo bookmarked!US Masala

  10. Hamaree Rasoi April 29, 2011 at 2:18 am Reply

    Lovely looking fritters. Loved the clicks.Deepa Hamaree Rasoi

  11. Nandini April 29, 2011 at 4:10 am Reply

    Wow! Love the idea of snake gourd fritters! Will try it soon:)

  12. Priya April 29, 2011 at 8:19 am Reply

    Soo crispy and tempting fritters,never tried fritters with snakegourd..

  13. Jay April 29, 2011 at 11:33 am Reply

    wat a fantastic fritters…recipe sounds very perfect..:)Tasty Appetite

  14. Now Serving April 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm Reply

    oh so yummy! gimmeeee 🙂

  15. Suman Singh April 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm Reply

    Delicious and yummy fritters..This would be great with a cup of tea..YUM!

  16. Archana May 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm Reply

    Thanks all. Now I know ALL is well!

  17. Sharmilee! :) May 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm Reply

    best eve snack for teatime 🙂

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