Potol Bhaja (Pointed Gourd Fritters)

Potol Bhaja
Potol Bhaja

Most people I know go eewww when they hear the word ‘padval’, or the pointed gourd that is usually in season during the Indian summers.

But we Bengalis know just the side dish to create out of this humble yet nutritious vegetable as it is packed with the goodness of vitamins and calcium.

If you’re wondering what could it be, we call it the ‘Potol Bhaja’ or Pointed Gourd Fritters.

It is so dreadfully easy to make that you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of this before! Well, it is better late than never, so here goes the simple recipe –


  • Padval/ Potol – 5- 6 nos.
  • Salt – to taste
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp for colour & flavour
  • Mustard oil/ refined oil – for shallow frying


  1. Clean the padval, lightly run the knife across the skin and cut the two ends a bit.
  2. Slice the padval in to halves.
  3. Apply salt and turmeric and side aside.
  4. Heat oil in a kadhai/ wok.
  5. Fry until golden brown and crisp.
  6. Serve hot along with daal/chawal or khicdi combination.

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Tanya is a graduate in Sociology from Sophia College, Mumbai, a post-graduate in Communications and Media from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai and holds a Master's Degree in Journalis & Mass Communications from Chandigarh University. A former writing mentor and a seasoned lifestyle writer, Tanya writes columns on The Lifestyle Portal of life and living.

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