Zucchini Blossom Fritters

Zucchini Blossom Fritters are delightful savory snack for summer months. This gluten free, vegan, soy free and nut free fritters recipe is delicious and easy. Recipe includes deep frying as well as air-frying or baking instructions. 

Delicate yellow zucchini flowers are lightly fried in chickpea flour and spice mixture. You will love this lip smacking yummy snack recipe for summer parties,  BBQs and potlucks or just casual munching.

The batter used  to make these fritters is very similar to the one used in making Indian Pakoda ( pakora ) .. Onion, spinach or vegetable pakodas are my all time favorite snacks. You can use same batter and change up the veggies. 

This fusion recipe uses zucchini flowers and pakoda batter. The best of Indian and Italian recipe fusion resulting in one ultimate crispy snack recipe. These fried zucchini blossoms are so delicious, I can’t stop eating them.

zucchini flower fritters served with ketchup and chutney on two black serving platters on the outdoor grilled table.

We love gardening in my family. We plant all kinds of vegetables and herbs as soon as April ends.

Zucchini plants are one of our favorites. They are easy to grow vegetables and produce in major amounts. So you get continuing supply of blossoms and zucchinis throughout the summer and early fall season.

Zucchini blossoms are dainty and delicately flavored. They have a little sweeter and more ephemeral flavors. When fried, they get velvety feather like light texture.

PAIRING / SERVING SUGGESTIONS:

This crispy, salty and utterly addictive finger food can be used as a party starter or evening snack, I love it with warm cup of masala chai. This being the summer recipe, some cold beer or ice-cold Bellini or Prosecco also works superbly.

And if you really want to bring in global flavors, serve it along a glass of fruity ice cold Red Sangria … it’s a party like no other !!

Indian style zucchini blossom fritters served on black serving platter with dry chutney

Crispy Zucchini Blossoms is one of our favorite summer time snack, Best part, it uses the fresh summer garden produce. Check out some of our popular posts that include fresh summer garden produce recipes. It always such a rewarding experience to use farm fresh produce for “garden to table” recipes.

HOW TO STORE AND PREPARE ZUCCHINI BLOSSOMS

  1. Try to pick the Zucchini flowers early morning when they are open. You can cut the a bit of stem so they are easy to handle.
  2. Carefully remove the stamen from the center and wipe with a damp paper towel. Make sure there are no bugs trapped inside.
  3. Wrap the freshly picked flowers in damp paper towels and store in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  4. If you buy the zucchini blossoms in the supermarket or at farmer’s market,  choose bright yellow colors and look for tender freshness.
  5. Zucchini flowers close the petals in the evening so try to pick them up in the morning. This helps to catch the bugs and flies trapped inside.

freshly picked zucchini flowers

HOW TO USE ZUCCHINI BLOSSOMS

Zucchini flowers are often sautéed or battered and fried. Many folks like to stuff them with cheese fillings and char grill them.

You can also bake them or serve raw often in salads. You can use them as toppings for pastas, risottos or soups.

It is one of our favorite delicacies of summer produce. Farm to table dining from backyard vegetable garden is truly a bliss.

INGREDIENTS FOR ZUCCHINI BLOSSOM FRITTERS

  • Chickpea flour. I use garbanzo bean flour for a thicker batter.
  • A little Rice flour to get nice crispy texture.
  • salt, cumin seeds, ajwain seeds, turmeric and cayenne for flavor
  • a pinch of baking soda for light, airy texture
  • water to make the batter
  • 12 – 15 zucchini flowers
  • vegetable oil for frying

ingredients needed to make zucchini flower bhaji batter.

HOW TO MAKE ZUCCHINI FLOWER PAKORA

Heat the oil on medium high heat.

Make the batter: Add all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix. Add water and whisk to make a thick smooth batter. You want the batter to be thick. The consistency should be like a pastry so that it sticks well to the flowers.

Dip the flower in the batter, and gently roll them so the flower is covered with batter.

Carefully drop couple of dipped flowers in the hot oil. You can use a scoop.

Fry till golden brown on all sides. Using tongs, remove the fritters and let them rest on dry paper towel to absorb excess oil.

Serve hot along with desired condiments.

Process shot collage showing steps invloved in making zucchini flower pakoras

AIR FRYER OR BAKING OPTION: 

Instead of deep frying, you can do these fritters in air-fryer or bake them in oven. They won’t be very light but certainly light on calorie. To make them air-fryer or oven , place them in single layer on the grill.

Lightly spray some oil mist. Use 325 F temperature setting for 10 minutes. Flip them upside down and bake for another 5-8 minutes until golden brown from all sides.

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Indian style zucchini blossom fritters served on black serving platter with dry chutney

Zucchini Blossom Fritters

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Zucchini Blossom Fritters make delightful savory recipe during summer months. This gluten free,vegan, soy free and nut free fritters recipe is savory, delicious and easy.

Instructions

Heat the oil on medium high heat.

Make the batter: Add all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix. Add water and whisk to make a smooth batter. You want the batter to be thick. The consistency should be like a pastry so that it sticks well to the flowers.

Dip the flower in the batter, and gently roll them so the flower is covered with batter.

Carefully drop couple of dipped flowers in the hot oil. You can use a scoop.

Fry till golden brown on all sides. Using tongs, remove the fritters and let them rest on dry paper towel to absorb excess oil.

Serve hot along with desired condiments.

AIR FRYER OR BAKING OPTION: 

Instead of deep frying, you can do these fritters in air-fryer or bake them in oven. They won't be very light but certainly light on calorie. To make them air-fryer or oven , place them in single layer on the grill.

Lightly spray some oil mist. Use 325 F temperature setting for 10 minutes. Flip them upside down and bake for another 5-8 minutes until golden brown from all sides.

Notes

1) You will need about 3/4 cup oil to dip the pakoras properly for frying however, not all oil will be used in frying.

2) Once fried, these fritters won’t hold their crisp exterior for long, so eat right away! They do not taste good reheated either so fry only as needed. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 fritters
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 376mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 14gSugar: 19gProtein: 20g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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  1. I love zucchini blossom fritters on the rare occasion that I get them so thanks for the recipe. I will have to try making them at home.

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