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.
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
Batter to make the zucchini blossom fritters:
- All purpose flour
- Corn flour
- Pinch of baking soda
- Nigella seeds
We love pairing white poppy seeds, freshly grated coconut with green chili. It’s definitely an acquired taste.
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.
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.
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.
Try this recipe of crispy fried zucchini blossoms!
Zucchini Blossom Stuffed with Poppyseeds and Coconut
- 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)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons corn flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Water to make the batter or use plain soda
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Prepare the batter with just enough water so it’s not too runny. You want the batter to coat the blossoms.
- Heat oil to medium high in a wok or heavy bottom pan for frying the zucchini blossoms.
- Dip the stuffed blossoms gently into the batter and fry for couple minutes. When you are frying the blossoms, do not overcrowd the pan.
- Enjoy the stuffed zucchini blossoms warm.
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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!
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