These batter fried Beguni or Eggplant Fry are very commonly prepared in most of the Bengali homes and is also a very popular street food in Kolkata. They go very well as a side dish with khichdi, pulao or dal-rice.
They can also be relished as a tea-time snack or as appetizers with tomato sauce, mayo or any chutney. The options are plenty. So here is my version of this yummy fritters that tastes simply divine on any rainy day in particular with your loved ones.
- 3-4 long & broad eggplants, sliced to 1/2 " thickness
- salt to taste
- 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
- 3/4 cup besan (gram flour)
- 1/2 tsp. kalonji (nigella seeds)
- 1 tsp. ginger, grated
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1-2 green chilies, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. onion, finely chopped (opt)
- oil to deep fry
Marinate the eggplants with salt and half the turmeric powder for 10 minutes. Make a batter of pouring consistency with the besan and all the other ingredients (except oil) with required quantity of water.
Heat oil in a pan. Dip the eggplants in the batter few at a time and deep fry till golden in colour. Drain on a kitchen towel and serve hot along with khichuri (khichdi), tomato sauce or chutney.