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Dhekiar bor / Fiddlehead fern fritters

Edible fiddlehead ferns are available throughout Assam and is Assamese people's very favourite. In Assamese it is called dhekia xaak.  Bor or fritters are fried food generally consists of chickpea flour or any other flour together with different chopped vegetables. In Assamese cuisine bor is generally served as a side dish with rice. But bor or fritters are good to eat with a hot cup of tea during rainy season. Fritters are quick, easy to prepare and require minimal effort to make.  Fritters can be prepared with almost any vegetable.  Here in this recipe I'm using soft and tender fiddlehead ferns.  If you don't have fiddlehead ferns, you can use tender pumpkin leaves or mustard greens or curry leaves or any other green leafy vegetable.

Dhekiar bor / Fiddlehead fern  fritters 

  • 1/2 cup chopped fiddlehead ferns 
  • 1 onion chopped 
  • 2-3 chopped green chillies 
  • 1/4 cup chopped long coriander leaves 
  • 1/2 cup chickpea flour 
  • 1 tbsp rice flour 
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to fry 

  1. In a bowl take chopped fiddlehead ferns, chopped onions, chopped chillies, chopped long coriander leaves.  Add chickpea flour and rice flour. Add salt. Mix well with the help of a spoon .
  2. Now add little water until you get wet but clumpy mixture. 
  3. In a pan heat oil and drop a full tablespoon of the mixture into the hot oil. Turn half way through when the bottom side turns golden brown. 
  4. Remove from heat when both side becomes golden brown and crisp. 
  5. Serve hot.  Enjoy! 


  1. Aside from fiddlehead ferns, what other vegetables can I use for this recipe?


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