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Ukoy Kalabasa (Vegetarian Fritters)

A vegetarian version of the Filipino appetizer made with squash.

Cooking Time: 15 mins

Serves: 5-7

Main Ingredients: Vegetables

Cooking Style: Fried

Collection: All-time favorites, Merienda

Difficulty: Novice

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  • Ukoy Kalabasa (Vegetarian Fritters)


  1. Prepare the batter: In a mixing bowl combine all-purpose flour, cornstarch, Mama Sita’s Palabok Mix, and water. Stir in squash, onions, celery, and leeks. Mix until well blended.
  2. Form the fritters: In a saucer, form batter mixture into small 2” to 3” clumps. Deep-fry in pre-heated oil over medium-high heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Drain excess oil. Continue the process until you used up the batter mixture. Serve hot with garlic dipping sauce.
  3. Prepare the sauce: In a bowl, combine vinegar and salt.





1 pouch

57 g

Mama Sita’s Palabok Mix

1 cup

250 mL

Oil for frying

6 tbsp

90 mL

Water, cold

2 pcs

80 g

Onions, sliced into strips

2 stalk

60 g

Celery, sliced into ¼” thick strips

100 g

Leeks, cut into ¼” strips (including white part)

½ cup

69 g

All-purpose flour

1 cup

118 g


3 cups

600 g

Squash (Kalabasa), peeled and cut into ⅛” x ⅛” x 3” long strips

Dipping Sauce

½ cup

125 mL

Mama Sita’s Anghang Sarap Vinegar

Pinch of salt

See Also:

All-time favorites, Merienda
Cooking Style: Fried