Friday, 6 December 2013

Teasle Gourd Fritters ( Kaad Hagalkayi ) Pakoda / Podi

Posted by Veena Karanth at Friday, December 06, 2013
Spiny gourd or teasle gourd is a vegetable which is available mostly during the rainy season. It has a thorny outer covering but unlike its counterpart bitter gourd , this vegetable is not bitter in taste. It is bit expensive when compared with other Indian vegetables.Many variety of dishes can be prepared out of this like stuffed spiny gourd , sambhar and so on.The snack which I am going to show here is almost like a starter. It is
known as kaad hagalakai in Kannada.


teasle gourd fritters or kaad hagalkayi pakoda






How To Prepare  Teasle Gourd Fritters / Kaad hagalakai Pakoda.

This snack requires very few ingredients and the time taken to prepare this is roughly around twenty minutes.

Ingredients For Teasle Gourd Fritters.


  • Teasle gourd - 4.
  • Red chilli ( byadige chill ) - 4
  • Raw rice - 1 / 2 cup.
  • Salt - as required.
  • Asefoetida -  a small pinch.
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp.
  • Oil - for deep frying.

Method To Make Spiny Gourd fritters.


  • First of all, soak the rice for around 2 hours in water.
  • Chop the teasle gourd as shown in the photo ( round in shape ).
  • Marinate this vegetable with salt and lemon juice for 15 minutes and keep it aside.
  • Later on grind the rice along with red chilli, salt and asafoetida in a mixer jar.
  • Mix  half cup of water while grinding. The batter should  be very thin in consistency.
  • Heat a deep pan or Kadai filled with oil.
  • Now fry the marinated teasle gourd in batches.
  • When it is fried, place the fritters on an absorbant tissue papers so that the excess oil gets drained off.
  • Your spicy teasle gourd fritters is ready to be served.


Kitchen Masti Points.


  1. While slicing the teasle gourd, see to it, that  it should be very thin in diameter.
  2. If you have insufficient time to soak and grind the rice, then alternatively you can dip this vegetable in besan ( bengal gram flour ) and chilli powder.
  3. See to it that the fritters are being fried in medium flame.




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