Zucchini Blossom Stuffed with Poppyseeds and Coconut

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Delicate zucchini blossoms stuffed with a mix of white poppy seeds and creamy coconut. It’s then dipped in a light batter and fried to crispy. The filling for this stuffed zucchini blossoms might sound a little unusual unless you grew up eating Bengali food and then you will find the connection. It’s amazing when served with warm steamed white rice. But it can make a lovely appetizer too, served with drinks to wash it down.

Zucchini Blossom Stuffed with Poppyseeds and Coconut is my Bengali take on stuffed zucchini blossoms. 

Bengali style zucchini blossoms

If you have been following my Instagram stories you would know that just about a week before shelter-in-place was announced, I started gardening. And after several years of failure, I am finally seeing some success. The zuchhini plant was the first I planted from the seeds and now everymorning I see so many flowers. It’s such an amazing feeling. 

We even had about 7 zucchinis so far. The blossoms are however my fav part and I am using these every other day to make zucchini blossoms fritters. 

Ingredients for the stuffed zucchini blossoms:

  • Grated coconut, fresh or frozen
  • White poppy seeds
  • Green chili
  • Salt

Batter to make the zucchini blossom fritters:

  • All purpose flour
  • Corn flour
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • Nigella seeds
  • Salt
  • turmeric

We love pairing white poppy seeds, freshly grated coconut with green chili. It’s definitely an acquired taste.

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Coconut Poppy Seeds Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

The sweet coconut with nutty aroma of poppy seeds is a beautiful flavor pair and to balance it out refreshing heat from green chili goes in.

To make it less spicy, discard the seeds of the chili and just add the skin. 

Cleaning the Zucchini Blossoms:

I pick only the male flowers after self-pollinating the female zucchini flowers. The female zucchini blossoms are edible too!

The best time to pick these flowers are in the morning when it’s open and will be easy to clean. Remove the stigma and then using a small brush, brush off the extra pollen or any tiny insects that might be there. You can gently dab it too with a wet napkin. 

Zucchini Blossoms #foodphotography #summer

It’s a good idea to fry these zucchini blossoms fresh soon after you pick but if you have to save it, then after cleaning, put it in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator.

Zucchini blossoms stays fresh only for couple days.

Stuffed zucchini blossoms tastes best when prepared fresh and served soon after you fry these.

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My parents have amazing green thumb and wherever we lived, they would find a tiny batch in the backyard or in the balcony to plant flowers and veggies. I grew up eating a lot of pumpkin blossoms, that my parents grew in the backyard. Ma would fry these blossoms crispy and serve it with rice and daal.

Difference between pumpkin blossoms and Zucchini Blossoms

I find pumpkin blossoms tasting a bit sweeter as compared to zucchini blossoms. But it’s still quite similar and after many years I am getting to relive some of those childhood memories.

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Zucchini Blossom Stuffed with Poppyseeds and Coconut

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Delicate zucchini blossoms stuffed with a mix of white poppy seeds and creamy coconut. It’s then dipped in a light batter and fried to crispy. The filling might sound a little unusual unless you grew up eating Bengali food and then you will find the connection. It’s amazing when served with warm steamed white rice. But it can make a lovely appetizer too, served with drinks to wash it down.

Ingredients

  • 8 zucchini blossoms
  • 1 tablespoon white poppy seeds
  • ¼ cup grated coconut, fresh or frozen
  • 1 green chili, discard the seeds if you want it less spicy
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons corn flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Water to make the batter or use plain soda

Instructions

  1. Clean the zucchini blossoms by very carefully removing the stigma and then brush off the excess the pollen left inside. You can dab the inside gently with a white napkin.
  2. Soak the poppy seeds for 30 minutes and then using a mortar pestle or a small blender blend the poppy seeds along with the coconut, salt and green chili.
  3. Carefully fill little more than 1 teaspoons in each flower. Depending on the size of the flowers you might want to fill more or less. Then gently pinch the tip of the flower to seal it.
  4. Prepare the batter with just enough water so it’s not too runny. You want the batter to coat the blossoms.
  5. Heat oil to medium high in a wok or heavy bottom pan for frying the zucchini blossoms.
  6. Dip the stuffed blossoms gently into the batter and fry for couple minutes. When you are frying the blossoms, do not overcrowd the pan.
  7. Enjoy the stuffed zucchini blossoms warm.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 161Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 13mgSodium 501mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 3gSugar 10gProtein 8g

All nutrition information presented are intended for informational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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  • angiesrecipes
    angiesrecipes
    September 25, 2018 at 9:38 PM

    These stuffed zucchini blossoms sound and look so inviting with coconut poppy filling!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 26, 2018 at 2:40 PM

      The flavor is so delicate and stuffing works beautifully, I hope you will give it a try Angie 🙂

  • Rachitha R
    Rachitha R
    September 25, 2018 at 9:43 PM

    I have just started exploring Bengali cuisine and am totally in love with panch phoran so much so that it has paved its way into my masala box ☺️ Having tried ur phulkopir aloo dalna and luchi I’m looking forward to getting ur book to get a taste of some easy comforting everyday Bengali recipes.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 26, 2018 at 2:41 PM

      Thank you so much for trying my dishes! This makes me so happy. Do share a quick photo next time, if you can and just tag me in Instagram. I would so LOVE to see your creation. The book will not disappoint you, I promise 🙂

  • Rachitha R
    Rachitha R
    September 25, 2018 at 9:46 PM

    Entering for the giveaway ….have been following @playfulcooking and @gitadini for a while now ☺️

  • Amy Tong
    Amy Tong
    September 25, 2018 at 11:48 PM

    Congratulations on your cook book! What an achievement. I am so happy for you. 😊 I am not familiar with Bengali Cuisine but would love to learn more. I am most excited about you cookbook because I can’t wait to cook along. I love spiced but don’t always know what combination is the best. Can’t wait to learn it from your book when I cook along.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 26, 2018 at 2:43 PM

      Thank you so much for you kind words 🙂 Bengali flavor is unique and unlike the typical Indian food you might eat in a Restaurant! I am looking forward to see your creation from my book. Do tag me in Instagram 🙂

  • Amy Tong
    Amy Tong
    September 25, 2018 at 11:49 PM

    Following both of you on Instagram! 😉

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    September 26, 2018 at 4:14 AM

    My husband and I are excited about trying some of your recipes. We really haven’t had an bengalian food before. Congrats on the book!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 26, 2018 at 2:44 PM

      Thank you Sarah! The book has a ton load of variety and will not disappoint you 🙂 I am looking forward to see your creation from the book.

  • David @ Spiced
    David @ Spiced
    September 26, 2018 at 5:06 AM

    First of all, congrats on the book! It looks beautiful, and I know how much work it takes to pull off a book like that. Give yourself a big pat on the back! Now as far as Bengali cuisine, I have to admit that I didn’t realize it was a separate thing. But I’ve been learning about the different regions of India and how the cuisine changes so much as you move around the country. I guess that’s similar to here in the States, but I still find it fascinating! Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe, and I’m hopping over to Instagram now to follow both you and Gitidini! 🙂

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 26, 2018 at 2:46 PM

      Thank you David! Bengali food is unlike what you probably would eat in an Indian restaurants. The flavors are milder and very subtle spiced. I think you will like this cuisine and I hope you give it a try 🙂 Thank you for participating in the giveaway.

  • Richa Gupta
    Richa Gupta
    September 26, 2018 at 5:34 AM

    So so excited about your book! I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 26, 2018 at 2:46 PM

      Thank you Richa! I am looking forward to see your creation from the book. And have a fun trip 🙂

  • Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    September 26, 2018 at 6:40 AM

    I’ve never prepared squash blossoms before but these sound so good that I need to try! As always, your pictures are beyond beautiful!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 26, 2018 at 2:50 PM

      You should try these kelsie! The combination of coconut and poppy seeds is so delicate and pairs beautifully with squash blossoms 🙂

  • Amishi Shah
    Amishi Shah
    September 26, 2018 at 7:02 AM

    What beautiful photos! I came to know about your blog as I follow Indian Simmer’s Prerna. Congratulations on the book! It’s a big achievement.
    I am somewhat familiar with Bengali food. My father was born and raised in Calcutta, before moving to Baroda in Gujarat. He used to tell us stories of how they had this one person from who they got jhal muri. And drinking bel sherbet. It’s the memories that made it special for him. They are vegetarians, but reminisces how doi machh is something his friends liked. I want to learn about Bengali cooking from your new cookbook, so one day I can cook for my dad, and bring a smile on his face 🙂

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 26, 2018 at 2:58 PM

      That is so sweet Amisha. Your story made me smile. I didn’t grow up or lived in Kolkata but my parents are true bengali and that’s the only food I ate growing up! There is a jhal muri recipe in my book and it’s so easy to make. I am sure your Dad will love it 🙂

  • Amishi Shah
    Amishi Shah
    September 26, 2018 at 7:07 AM

    On Instagram, I left a comment. My handle on Insta is: amishi0803

  • Manju @ Manju's Eating Delights
    Manju @ Manju's Eating Delights
    September 26, 2018 at 7:51 AM

    HI Kankana,
    I’ve been one of your biggest admirers and your blog is one of my favorites. Stunning pictures and you share great recipes. I’m not very familiar with bengali cuisine and would love to try a few dishes through your cookbook. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.
    I am already your follower on instagram, left a comment and tagged a friend and have followed Gitadini too 🙂
    -Manju

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      September 26, 2018 at 2:59 PM

      Thank you so much Manju 🙂 I think you will enjoy Bengali cuisine and I promise you the book will not disappoint you!

  • Amishi Shah
    Amishi Shah
    September 26, 2018 at 8:21 AM

    Also followed @gitadiniusa on Instagram

  • Jean | Lemons Anchovies
    Jean | Lemons Anchovies
    September 26, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    A huge congratulations on the release of your book, Kankana. It’s beautiful and I’m sure filled with amazing recipes. I’m not familiar with Bengali cuisine but I can tell that my taste buds would dance at first taste. These squash blossom fritters are beautiful!

  • Smruti Ashar
    Smruti Ashar
    September 26, 2018 at 11:18 AM

    These blossoms look awesome! I grew a few last years and had SO much fun gorging on them! I love dishes from Bengali cuisine, especially luchi, khichuri and sweets! So glad that you have a section for vegetarian dishes. Already following you and @gitadini on Instagram!

  • Moumita Dutta
    Moumita Dutta
    September 26, 2018 at 12:22 PM

    Entering the giveaway- I love kankana’s blog from the day I started following her. I’m a fellow Bengali, her recipe collection sounds and looks great. It would be my absolute good luck and pleasure to receive her book as a gift. Some recipes which I have heard of from my grandparents are in her book. So that gives me a chance to try them all by myself!

  • Moumita Dutta
    Moumita Dutta
    September 26, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Entering the giveaway- I love kankana’s blog from the day I started following her. I’m a fellow Bengali, her recipe collection sounds and looks great. It would be my absolute good luck and pleasure to receive her book as a gift. Some recipes which I have heard of from my grandparents are in her book. So that gives me a chance to try them all by myself!
    I already follow gitadini and playfulcooking on insta

  • Shari
    Shari
    September 26, 2018 at 12:54 PM

    Amazing!!! I am an American who has been married to a Bengali man for nearly 10 years and have fallen in love with Bengali cuisine! 😊 I’m so excited to come across this giveaway (and your blog!!!)

  • Sarah Thatcher
    Sarah Thatcher
    September 26, 2018 at 6:29 PM

    I am aware of Bengali cuisine but have never tried it myself yet. I’d be delighted to try anything in your beautiful cookbook- the pictures look so delicious! It is so much fun to learn about different cuisines from around the globe & to branch out your palate. I’m just starting to get into curries, masala & more. I love to cook & I love the spice!

  • sheenam | thetwincookingproject.net
    sheenam | thetwincookingproject.net
    September 26, 2018 at 8:02 PM

    Kankana this looks so delicious!!!!

  • Dilpreet
    Dilpreet
    September 27, 2018 at 6:59 PM

    My closest friend is a Bengali and I have always loved eating her tiffin boxes!! Back in India, we loved dining at this restaurant “oh Calcutta” to enjoy all Bengali delicacies. I want to get this book to try out every favourite dish of hers and just feed her the way she has always fed me! I know she loves the famous kolkata biryani and daab chingri the most, so I would be most excited to try these first amongst all the other great recipes! More than anything it would be an honour to get a signed copy of the book as I am an ardent fan of your page! ❤️

  • Neerja Nehete
    Neerja Nehete
    September 28, 2018 at 3:11 AM

    Congratulations on your lovely and drool worthy cookbook.
    Im a budding photographer who keep getting inspired by your photos and keep feeling hungry because of all the recipes you post. I like being in kitchen and try my hand at stuff. But getting your guidance through a book will be like you teaching me personally.
    Yes I’m aware of Bengali food a little more that Rosogulla and Sondesh. Never prepared it by myself but would love to.

  • Shola
    Shola
    September 28, 2018 at 5:24 AM

    Congratulations on your cookbook!! ThTbis such a great achievement. I am not familiar with Bengali cuisine so this will be new to me! I’m excited to learn all about it and cook some of your great recipes in the book!

  • SOMA BASAK
    SOMA BASAK
    September 28, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Congratulations on your cookbook!
    I am a Bengali, so I am very much aware about the cuisine. What I liked about your book is, it has recipes of easy and comforting everyday meal. Posto-narkeler bora from your book trailer made me so nostalgic! And of course the stunning photos!

  • SOMA BASAK
    SOMA BASAK
    September 28, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Following you @playfulcooking on Instagram

  • SOMA BASAK
    SOMA BASAK
    September 28, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Following @gitadini on Instagram

  • Chenoa Bol
    Chenoa Bol
    September 28, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    I’m aware of Bengali Cuisine, but admittedly I don’t believe I’ve every had authentic Bengali food before! I share a deep love for both North and South Indian cuisines alike, and after following your blog, I am so excited about exploring Bengali cuisine further! I can’t wait to cook through your book! I am a collector of spices and spice blends, and am looking forward to the exploratory experience your book will offer into the world of Bengali flavors! I recently located fresh curry leaves and have been in love with them ever since! Now I need to get my hands on some white poppy seeds so I can make this delicious fritter recipe!

    • Chenoa Bol
      Chenoa Bol
      September 28, 2018 at 5:04 PM

      I’m following @gitadiniusa and @playfulcooking in IG! I also tagged a friend under both handles! Fingers crossed! What an exciting giveaway!

  • sree
    sree
    September 30, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    Hi,
    I am not aware of the Bengali cuisine. I am learning about the Bengali dishes as i visit playful kitchen atleast 3 times a week . Love the recipes and the presentation .

    thanks
    Sree

  • Pragnya Merchant
    Pragnya Merchant
    October 2, 2018 at 6:13 AM

    Yes, we are very familiar with Bengali cuisine. We have roots from the eastern part of India, and have friends who still cherish the unique flavors of Bengali cuisine. At 75, I am new to the world of blogging. My family keeps me encouraged. And I learn from some fabulous blogs like yours, One Hot Stove and Indian Food Rocks.
    Your book will be one more place from where I can learn the intricacies of this rich heritage. You have accomplished much at such a young age, and have a family to take care of also. Congratulations!

  • Trupti
    Trupti
    October 2, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Entering for the giveaway.
    I have mostly tried Bengali desserts like rosogulla, mishti doi, cham-cham and love all of them. I am curious to explore savory dishes from Bengali cuisine. Also, being a Goan I have grown up eating fish and would love to try Bengali fish recipes.
    Following @playfulcooking and @gitadini on instagram…

  • Dhivya Ravi
    Dhivya Ravi
    October 2, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    Congratulations on your cookbook! What an amazing achievement! I recently started trying out Bengali dishes; so far, I’ve tried labra, aloo posto and some simple stir fries with panch poran. I’ve been following @playful cooking on instagram for quite some time now; and recently started following @gitadini

  • Yamuna
    Yamuna
    October 3, 2018 at 3:55 AM

    Congratulations on your book! I have been following your Instagram posts and have always loved the way you document your work, and make every dish looks so yummy. Those luchis, stacked up especially, makes me drool. I am not well versed with Bengali cuisines as yet. But I have had the opportunity to relish on two dishes that my friends had shared and made me die for. One was a very simple prawn curry cooked in mustard paste. As a South Indian, the taste was very unique, and very different. While the other was a payesh that a friend had brought in to share at a pot luck lunch. That got me reminded of the very first dish I tasted and have been trying to look up for simple Bengali dishes to try as a beginner. Payesh of different types will be the very first dish I shall diving in to see. Can’t wait to have a look at it. Gitadini does beautiful designed products for the mordern day kitchen. I am already a big fan of their work. Hoping to win this beautiful gift set right in time for Diwali celebrations.

  • Annette
    Annette
    October 4, 2018 at 10:48 PM

    No, I wasn’t familiar with Bengali Cuisine . I love trying different types of cooking and I’m hoping to learn a few new techniques (and recipes) from your book.

  • Annette
    Annette
    October 4, 2018 at 10:50 PM

    I followed you on Instagram and left a message/tagged a friend.

  • Annette
    Annette
    October 4, 2018 at 10:51 PM

    I followed @gitadiniusa on Instagram.