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Pumpkin Bud Bhajia

Pumpkin Bud Bhajia
By : Saranya Nath Prabu
(Pumpkin Flower Fritters, Pumpkin Bud Pakoras)
5-8 nos Pumpkin flower (bud)
1/2 cup Gram flour (besan)
1 tsp Heaped rice flour
1/4 tsp Ajwain
1 tsp Hot oil
A pinch of asafoetida
Salt, Red chilli powder as required
Oil for frying
In a mixing bowl, add besan (gram flower), rice flour, chili powder, salt, ajwain (carom seeds) and mix well. Add the hot oil. Add water little by little to make a bhajia batter.
In a kadai, heat oil. Dip the pumpkin flower bud and put it in oil and fry the same as you make the normal bhajias.
Repeat the process for all the remaining buds. Enjoy hot bhajia with sauce over a cup of tea.

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It is one of the very low calorie vegetables. 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. The vegetable is one of the food items recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.

Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E.
Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucusa. It is also an essential vitamin for good visual sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A may help human body protect against lung and oral cavity cancers.

It is also an excellent source of many natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds such as a, ß carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. Carotenes convert into vitamin A inside the body.
The fruit is a good source of B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.
It is also rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.

Pumpkin seeds indeed are an excellent source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health. In addition, the seeds are concentrated sources of protein, minerals and health-benefiting vitamins.

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