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Maple seed fritters or Bokfuler Bora :Bengali cuisine


Maple seed fritters or Bokfuler Bora :Bengali cuisine

Maple seed fritters or Bokfuler Bora :Bengali cuisine



Maole seed or Bokfuler bora

Maole seed or Bokfuler bora


Maple seed

Maple seed


Maple seed fritters or Bokfuler Bora is one of the traditional Bengali cuisine . I love the unique essence of maple seed. I got those seeds from the farmer’s market and they were fresh and gorgeous.

This crispy and delicious fritters are worth to try for our new generation who nearly forget this toothsome taste. You can try this as starter with dalrice or evening snack accompanying with cup of tea.

During my childhood my grandma made this bora, my sisters and I used to drool over them for take a delicious bite. There was another fritters of kumrofuler(pumpkin blossom) bora that always take our attention .You can make this pumpkin blossom in the same way of bokfuler bora.

6 maple seed

5 tbsps Chickpea Flour
5 tbsps Rice Flour
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp Red Chilli powder
1/4 tsp Nigella seeds (black cumin seed)
Salt to taste

Water to make a thick batter
Vegetable Oil for frying


  1. Wash maple seed nicely.
  2. Combine chickpea flour, rice flour, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, nigella seeds and salt in a bowl. Mix nicely and add water to make a thick batter. Set it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a wok. Dip the flower into the batter and coat it nicely. Add two three pieces in the hot oil at a time and shallow fry them.
  4. Fry till the fritters turn golden.Remove from oil by a spoon. Dry the excess oil by using kitchen papar.
  5. Serve hot!

Serves: 6

Nutritional Information:
Amount Per Serving
Calories 109.0
Total Fat 5.3 g
Saturated Fat 3.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 26.3 mg
Potassium 11.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 13.7 g
Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
Sugars 0.7 g
Protein 2.0 g
Vitamin A 0.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 2.8 %
Vitamin C 0.1 %



Bitter Gourd with yellow Pumpkin (Ayurveda Recipe)

Bitter Gourd with yellow Pumpkin:

Being a Bengali I crave for sweet dishes from my childhood. My sisters and I didn’t like the bitter taste of bitter gourd. My mother used to make this bitter gourd recipe as a home remedy for the stomach worm once in a week. We always refused to take this because of it bitter taste. But now I come to know that how much bitter gourd is beneficial to control the insulin level of blood. To reduce the bitterness here my extra addition is coconut milk. Pumpkin also reduces the bitterness. There are six tastes or Rasas that are distinguished in the Ayurvedic diet are Sweet, Salty, Sour, Pungent, Astringent and Bitter. I always try to follow these six tastes in our daily diet as much as Possible. This recipe goes well as a starter with basmati rice.

Bitter Gourd with yellow Pumpkin(Ayurveda recipe)

Bitter Gourd with yellow Pumpkin(Ayurveda recipe)


Medium sized bitter gourd – 2(finely chopped into slices)
Pumpkin -1 cup(cut into pieces)
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Mustard seed – 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
Thick coconut milk – 1/2 cup
Rock salt to taste


In a heavy bottomed pot, heat the ghee until it becomes clear. Add brown mustard seeds and sauté till it starts popping.When ready add the bitter gourd, pumpkin, turmeric powder, cumin powder and salt. Mix well.Now to this add the coconut milk.Cook on low flame for 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutritional Information:
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 65.1
Total Fat 4.0 g
Saturated Fat 2.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 7.5 mg
Sodium 298.4 mg
Potassium 98.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 6.9 g
Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
Sugars 2.8 g
Protein 1.6 g
Vitamin A 155.3 %
Vitamin B-12 6.2 %
Vitamin B-6 0.7 %
Vitamin C 36.3 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.1 %