Baked, no-Oil Pumpkin Fritters | Baked, no-Oil Pumpkin Pakodas

Monday is here again. This time the Foodie Monday Blog Hop team has decided the theme no 163 as ‘Pumpkin Treats’. Well, pumpkin is one of the widely grown vegetables all over the world. These vegetables are an affordable, healthy choice always. So considering the healthy note, I have prepared a baked snack using the pumpkin as Baked, no-Oil Pumpkin Fritters / Pakoda

Pakoda / Pakora / Bajji / Fritter means some chopped vegetables are mixed with some spices along with besan (chickpea flour) and then deep fried. These are one of the most popular snacks across India which is a must during monsoon season. A hot cup of masala chai / simple chai is the best accompaniment to these snacks. But here, I have prepared some pakodas using the main ingredient as Pumpkin. Some grated pumpkins are mixed along with besan and some rice flour. 

Since these are baked, so I didn’t add any oil. So this pumpkin pakodas are a sure shot hit if you are heading for a healthy snacks. Perfectly opted for party appetizer, even no one can recognize that these are made from the humble vegetable, Pumpkin. These baked, no-oil pumpkin pakodas’ll be loved by all age group.

So do try these baked, no-oil pumpkin pakoda for your next get-togetherIf you tried my recipe and enjoyed fully, then please share some pictures of your creation with me. Also kindly give your valuable feedback either in the comment box below or tag me as #firsttimercook on Instagram. You may also follow me on Facebook,  Pinterest,  Twitter,  Google+,  Instagram and can subscribe for free to get new recipes directly into your inbox 😊

Preparation Time : 5 mins  |  Cooking Time : 20 mins

Ingredients :        



Pumpkin (grated)

1 & ½ cup

Besan (chickpea flour)

1 cup

Rice flour

2 tbsp

Onion (finely chopped)

¼ cup


½ inch

Green chili

2 no

Cumin seed

½ tsp

Red chili powder

½ tsp

Chat masala

For sprinkling


As needed

Method :

  1. Preheat oven at 200 deg C.
  2. In a mixing bowl, take grated pumpkin, finely chopped onion and green chilies, grated ginger, cumin seeds and mix well.
  3. Next add rice flour, besan, salt, red chili powder.
  4. Combine everything nicely without adding water first.
  5. Then slowly add water and make a batter of neither thick nor thin consistency.
  6. Now take a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  7. Place 1 tbsp of batter at a time on the tray keeping space in between.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes first, then just flip the pakodas gently and allow to cook again for 3-4 minutes till the outer surfaces turn slight brown in color.
  9. Take out of the oven.
  10. Sprinkle chat masala over the pumpkin pakodas and serve immediately along with tomato sauce or any chutney !!!!

Notes :

  • Always try to keep the size of pakodas small (around 1 – 1.5 inch) so that these can be easily and quickly cooked.

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  1. Poonam Bachhav

    Love to try oil free recipes and these baked pumpkin fritters sound so delicious and healthy Sasmita !

  2. mildly indian

    Sasmita, these look so much like a scone but so much more healthier. Love the recipe you have developed for this #pumpkin treat. I will surely try as I get more Pumpkin.

  3. Priya Iyer

    Wow, I've never heard of pakoras with pumpkin! The fact that these are made with no oil is sone pe suhaaga. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe! ♥️

  4. Vidya Narayan

    This is my kinda food – guilt free yet delicious. Loved the recipe and the fact that you turned pakodas into a baked version. Delicious tea time treat!

  5. Sujata Shukla

    This recipe is not just interesting and doable, it is also so good to find one more guilt free recipe – baked and not fried. Hadn't thought of making pumpkins into pakoras and this one is a must try.

  6. Sujata Roy

    I love pumpkin pakora. But never tried baked virsion. Great idea to make our humble pakora healthy. I am waiting to try after reaching home. Awesome share.

  7. Indfused

    Love the no oil recipe Sasmita! Well done!

  8. preethi'scuisine

    Baked Pumpkin pakodas sounds interesting.Fab idea to use pumpkins.Fantastic share.

  9. Unknown

    Ohhh woow.. yet another recipe from you to try sasmita:) Pakodas and also baked…amazing…must try recipe

  10. veena

    Love these oil free recipes. Sounds perfect when share with a cup of coffee:)

  11. Mayuri Patel

    Wow Sasmita.. baked pakodas.. what an innovative dish.


    Healthy and delicious Susmita! You surpassed urself!

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