Crispy and flavourful on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside, these Indian style pumpkin fritters are out-of-the-box delicious.
Whether you have some pumpkin that you want to put to use or are just looking to try out a crunchy snack that is delicious and healthy at the same time, this recipe is perfect
You need just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of kitchen time to make this.
Ingredients For the Recipe
You will need just a few simple ingredients to make these pumpkin fritters.
- Pumpkin pieces: 10-12
- Chickpea flour: 1 cup
- Turmeric powder: ¼ tsp
- Red chili powder: ½ tsp
- Garam masala powder: ½ tsp
- Salt: ½ tsp
- Water: ¼ cup
- Oil: For frying
- Chaat masala: For garnish
How to Make the Indian Style Pumpkin Fritters
Got all your ingredients ready? Here is what you will need to do next to make these delicious pumpkin fritters.
Soak the pumpkin pieces in salt water for 20 minutes
Take a mixing bowl and add the chickpea flour, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, and salt. Mix well.
Next add water and whisk the mixture together.
Add in the pumpkin pieces next and coat them well with the chickpea flour mixture.
Heat oil for frying and fry the pieces for 3-4 minutes over medium flame or until they turn golden brown.
Sprinkle chaat masala and serve hot as a snack with tea or coffee.
Frequently Asked Questions
I used a simple blend of spices to add flavor to the coating for the pumpkin fritters. You can choose to adjust the seasonings and spices based on your personal taste preference.
Your leftover pumpkin fritters can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Make sure you use a clean, airtight container to keep them fresh, and then reheat them in the microwave before you serve.
Tips & Tricks to Make the Indian Style Pumpkin Fritters
Ready to try out this recipe? Here are a few tips and tricks you might want to take note of.
- For this recipe, I chopped up the pumpkin into pieces and then tossed them into the spiced flour. You can choose to shred the pumpkins and mix them with flour as well if you want to.
- To make these pumpkin fritters extra crispy, add some rice flour into the flour mixture along with the chickpea flour.
- I deep fried the pumpkin fritters, but if you want to make them healthy, you can choose to air fry them too. Another great idea is to bake these pumpkin fritters. Just remember to grease the fritters with a bit of oil to get them nice and crispy.
- If you have any leftover batter, you can use it to coat some cubed cottage cheese or tofu or any other vegetable of your choice.
- When deep frying the Indian style pumpkin fritters, make sure the oil is hot when you add in the fritters, and once you do, bring down the heat to medium.
- Frying the fritters at low heat will cause them to soak up a lot of oil, and if you keep the heat high, the fritters will end up burning on the outside and staying undercooked in the middle.
- To make these pumpkin fritters more soft, juicy and creamy, you can also add a bit of yogurt into the flour mixture. Just remember to reduce the amount of water you’re adding to adjust the consistency.
- The consistency of the flour batter matters a lot when it comes to getting the perfect crispy fritters. The batter should not be too thick, nor too thin.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
These crispy pumpkin fritters taste best when served as a snack or a part of your breakfast. Team them up with some coffee or tea and a dipping sauce on the side.
You can also serve these fritters as a side dish to go with any of your Indian main curries.
Still got a bit of pumpkin that you want to use up? Here are a few more pumpkin recipes you might want to try your hands at.
- Low-carb Vegan Thanksgiving Pumpkin Brownie
- No-fry VEGAN Indian-style Pumpkin Blossom Fritters
- Vegan Keto Pumpkin Cookies
Indian Style Pumpkin Fritters
- 12 Pumpkin Pieces
- 1 cup Chickpea Flour
- ¼ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- ½ teaspoon Red Chili Powder
- ½ teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ cup Water
- 1 cup Oil, (For frying)
- 1 teaspoon Chaat Masala, (For garnish)
- Soak the pumpkin pieces in salt water for 20 minutes
- Take a mixing bowl and add the chickpea flour, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala powder, and salt. Mix well.
- Next add water and whisk the mixture together.
- Add in the pumpkin pieces next and coat them well with the chickpea flour mixture.
- Heat oil for frying and fry the pieces for 3-4 minutes over medium flame or until they turn golden brown.
- Sprinkle chaat masala and serve hot as a snack with tea or coffee.