Zucchini Blossom Fritters (Bajjis)

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Zucchini Blossom Fritters (Bajjis)
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Zucchini & Patty Pan Blossoms (squash flowers)
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Served with  Hot and sweet sauce (YUM)
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Before I get into my post, I want to thank all the people caring to follow this blog J A big thank you Gita Jaishankar for making me reach an awesome number of followers. I am sorry I did not take notes on who made up the first three centuries ): but I will in the future! So thrilled, so humbled – did I say So thrilled already?
Zucchini Blossom Bajjis
Too beautiful to NOT eat (lol)
This is probably the third summer that we have not traveled to India or anywhere abroad (yet) and I have taken immense joy the luxury of starting my own veggie patch and seeing the fruits/veggies of our effort. Zucchinis, Patty pans and Tomatoes and more recently chili peppers have been delighting us in abundance! Each day I would see these wonderful yellow blossoms from both my patty pans and zucchinis and saw, wow another veggie in the offing until this wonderful Italian friend of mine thanks to whom my summer has been a blast, told me that these could be made into fritters and are ever so popular in Italian cuisine! When we got together she made them Italian style with all purpose flour and eggs. For those who know me, you are aware that if I can avoid using eggs, I do and IF there is a possibility of adapting recipes to Indian or vice-versa, I am all for it – right?
How to distinguish MALE flower?
But my friend also taught me to distinguish the β€œmale” flower from the female, squash bearers. The male flower blooms brightly in the morning and do have a pistil that rather resembles the male reproductive organ – Sorry to be β€œgreen” about this folks, but the look for the penile projection! The male flowers are the tasty ones and are the ones to be used for this recipe. So if you have your own garden and are growing zukes or patty pans, you can make yourself this delicious treat.
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Close up
Ingredients
Male Zucchini/patty pan blossoms / oil to fry
NOTES
Wear GLOVES since these stems have a million small and very mean thorns
PICK Flowers EARLY in the MORNING
Cut the flower at the head of the stem,
WASH them thoroughly, because there is a veritable bee/ant fest happening inside!
DRY thoroughly with paper towels
Store in Ziplocs and refrigerate until ready for use!
For batter
1:1 besan/ chickpea flower: rice flour
Salt
A dash of asafetida
Curry leaves
1 tbsp Homemade chili powder or sambar powder (adjust according to preference)
To maintain some Italianess, I added some fresh rosemary and basil (also Homegrown – told you I’d be using that word a lot this summer)
MIX all these with water to a smooth flowing consistency!
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Washed and drained
Preparation
Dip and drop – dip the flower in the batter and drop in hot oil
Note:: It can splutter a lot since no amount of drying gets rid of all the water! SO be aware of this and take precaution!
Cook until golden brown
Serve with chutney/ketchup or enjoy by itself
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Presenting Zucchini Blossom Bajjis, folks J
Cheers until the next post
Skills

Posted on

July 14, 2011

57 Comments

  1. I've seen Bobby flay frying zucchini blossom fritters and I did sigh !!! as always.. This time, u ?? Think u 've a great garden and those fritters is perfectly done and crispy..U should take us a trip to ur garden sometime…

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  2. This is absolutely new to me…those flowers looks so beautiful n charming…fritters with those cuties looks great but I can't imagine the taste…h it tasted???

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  3. wow dats amazing recipe…never heard of that b4…but i am all 4 bhaji…looks gud

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  4. While I have never eaten flowers, I must say, based on your photographs, they certainly look mouth watering.
    Thank You.

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  5. These look great,and I love all your photos. Now I know what to do with all those male flowers- males are good for something after all lol :)

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  6. wow. this is new to me. and yummy

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  7. I absolutely love zucchini blossoms. We bengalis eat that a lot and ma used to make those during summer all most every day. I am go glad to find it here .. but they are such rare things to find!
    http://www.sunshineandsmile.com

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  8. wowww.. so new to me. I dint know that these blossoms are edible. I have zucchini plant. I will def try to take the male blossoms and try this recipe. looks delicious.

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  9. Spiced up and perfectly crispy, what more can one ask for..also thanks for the tips on selecting the right flowers :)))

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  10. Hey! Priya ,

    Thanks for stopping by …Loved your comments, would love to see you more often and would hop here more often as well..

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  11. I have never had zucchini blossom fritters, but have heard so much about them that I'm planning to plant some next year. Your bajjis look perfectly done.
    How easy is it to grow squash?? I once had a plant, but it literally died on me and I never dared to get another one..

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  12. Something new to me but anyway very pretty flowers. Loves the golden yellow.

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  13. I love zucchini flowers, I'm so sad I haven't seen any this year at the farmers market. Yours look great!!

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  14. Wow…seems like you got a wonderful garden to get so much flowers….This recipe is new to me and the fritters looks fantastic…

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  15. Zucchini flowers look just same as pumpkin flowers..mouthwatering bhijis

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  16. So nice and delicious fritters.

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  17. wow ! wow ! wow !

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  18. Looks lovely ..but can't find these easily in India.

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  19. Hey i've never heared abt this bajji before.This is too good and a lovely pic too.

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  20. yummy yummy fritters…

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  21. Wow… u have a superb garden i guess… Perfect tea time snack or starters…

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  22. This looks lovely! Amazing pics as well!
    Cheers

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  23. An Exotic Bhajji!! YUM! How can anybody say no to this tasty snack…Learnt about zucchini flowers today…Your post gave me a good laugh too:)

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  24. awesome recipe dear…

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  25. Unique recipe..looks fabulous and tempting fitters.

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  26. Nice n different recipe..looks yumm

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  27. These look like pumpkin blossoms and I am sure they taste pretty awesome. Pictures are great. Just wish I could eat some now with hot coffee or tea. Can you imagine it is pouring here non stop. Like pappa said "Bhaji hawa" as in breeze.

    Hey Priya I think these can be made into some veggie also. Will try and get the recipe from my dad wonder if he remembers?

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  28. I have to buy zucchini today and try out this πŸ˜€ Looks so yummy.. yumm

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  29. So interesting ingredient and recipe!! An eye opener dear!! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. OMG, this looks too good Priya, what a wonderful recipe, fritters with blossoms….truly amazing :)

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  31. WOW!!! This is absolutely tempting & yummy!!!

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  32. I always wonder what it tastes like as you see them in cooking show and cookbook. Thanks for your information on choosing the blossom. I'm planning to plant some zucchini this spring.

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  33. My mum used to make bajjis using pumpkin blossom and I think they taste pretty the same.Thanks for the info on how to differentiate a male flower and the female one.

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  34. The flowers look really pretty and the fritters look tasty!

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  35. something very innovative

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  36. These look like pumpkin blossoms. And bajjis out of these flowers is new to me. Sounds interesting.

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  37. Very innovating, drooling here, perfect snack for this season.

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  38. We used to make these fritters with Pumpkin flowers which look pretty similar. An amazing dish to snack on in this cold, rainy weather with a cup of hot steaming tea :)

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  39. These look SO good – clever you! I tried making these once and it was a disaster – I'll try your recipe – thanks!
    Mary

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  40. This is really interesting! I have not tried zucchini blossoms before, have seen a few recipes using them. Looks very good. Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Flowers as Bajjis.. Wow!! This is very interesting.. Poor me, I dont have a garden, so I'm just drooling at those pics :-)

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  42. I have heard about eating zucchini flowers but never tried them. Yours look really delicious. Thanks for the info about which ones to choose:)

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  43. Fritters look delicious Priya.

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  44. Hi! priya this fitters new for me but looks delicious:). thnaks for stopping my space. enjoy cooking:)>

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  45. Hi! priya this fitters new for me but looks delicious:). thnaks for stopping my space. enjoy cooking:)>

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  46. Looks yummy Priya!! Slurp….

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  47. Woww.. that is such a yummy looking fritter. and i never knew that you could use these blossoms :) Great idea.. woww..

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  48. Nothing can beat walking out into your own yard to pick a fresh veggie..I remember mom making these kind of fritters with pumpkin flowers and this looks wonderful.. perfect snack to enjoy with a hot cup of tea.

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  49. It is a pleasure to be here, something fresh and new always!

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  50. I love zucchini blossom. After watching one of the Bobby flay's episode , I tried this. Now I am going to make it again after seeing your post.

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