Friday, May 28, 2010

Dudhi chi Phodi ~ Shallow fried Pumpkins

I find it really difficult to get back to cooking after a break.Yes,even if the break is for as less as two days,the thought of getting back into the kitchen and cook really puts me off.Ajay jokes that the food automatically tastes too salty,too sour or too spicy for sometime before I am back on track..can’t blame him completely here;).

Other than the regular fare,I find cooking for lunch is the most time-consuming,not cooking-wise but the whole time spent on thinking about what-to-cook.After our regular veggie shopping I had a whole array of vegetables looking at me and I got my inspiration from these humble pumpkins.Ma-in-law had made these yummy phodis once she was here and I was too busy hogging to ask her the recipe.

I came across this recipe here and made some modifications.Made a Sambhar[not with beets though;)] and fried some papads,with phodis and curd on the side,I had a happy man content with the lunch!!

Dudhi chi Phodi
Recipe slightly adapted from


Pumpkin slices – 10-12,thinly sliced
Red chilly powder – 1 ½ tsp
Salt to taste
Hing/asafoetida – ½ tsp
Fine sooji/semolina – ¼ cup
Oil – 2 tsp


Make a paste of red chilly powder,salt and hing with 1 or 2 tsps of water.
Mix the pumpkin slices with this well and make sure the masala is coated evenly on the slices. Keep aside for ½ an hour.
Dip each slices in semolina and place evenly on a hot tawa.
Add 1 or 2 tsps oil on top and close with a lid and fry on simmer.
After 5 minutes or so,turn the pieces and roast the other side too.
Makes a perfect accompaniment with rice and sambhar.


  1. Divya, that is so new and looks such a nice one.

  2. I have nevr had fried pumpkins, but i am sure it tasted yumm and looks good too.

  3. Divya I actually make 2 ways one is this and other deep fry it with different masala I love it :)

  4. I usually chop pumpkin into cubes and make a stir fry. Will try your method next time.

  5. Pumpkin roast looks awesome and very new for me..

  6. Must say I have never tasted this dish, looks crispy and sweet and spicy. Good one D.

    Long weekend holiday for us here, see you next Tuesday, have a wonderful weekend. Hugs.

  7. Looks delicious,never made it before.Will try it.

  8. I can understand ur situation.I am too lazy to cook grand stuff after a break ..This dish looks super easy and delicious.I can now prepare this when I am lazy ;)

  9. Divya, very innovative recipe with pumpkin..looks very yummy

  10. This is a new and interesting recipe Divya!! Will try this out soon!!

  11. New recipe for me and looks very going to try this..

  12. Wow never tried and tasted .. nice recipe divya.. looks yumm

  13. This recipe is very new to me sounds very interesting Divya Never tried pumpkin at home like this will try....

  14. Crisp and yummy!! I make this with zucchini.

  15. Thanks for this phodi, to me. But was addicted to gulla (mangalore brinjal) phodi for a long time..(crush few green chillies+hing in little water,marinate the sliced brinjal,leave for 15-20 mins..dust wt rava n shallow fry both sides,cover when first side down for cooking.) I m trying the dudhi phodi ur way now for snack. Tks!

  16. Thank you for the recipe. Mum used to make it. I had forgotten about it. But I have a large pumpkin and was thinking of ways to use it. Will make this recipe as it is healthy too.


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