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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Begun Pora (Roasted eggplant - Bengali Style)

          This is a traditional Bengali delicacy and is had as part of an everyday meal. It tastes yummy when served with plain steamed rice. You may also relish it with chapati if preferred. It is a simple recipe with no cooking involved and can be dished out in no time. 

          Just roast the eggplant and mix with all the ingredients. That's it. Takes very little time, except of course the roasting part, which can be done earlier and kept aside to save time. This recipe is almost similar to Baba Ganoush which is a Mediterranean dip.

  • 1 large eggplant (those used for bharta)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder (opt)
  • 1/4 tsp. red chili powder (opt)
  • 1 tsp. mustard oil

          Slit the eggplant halfway through till the stalk. But let it remain intact. Smear some oil on the eggplant and roast on an open flame till it is charred on all sides. 

          When cool enough to handle, peel off the charred skin and mash well. Mix with all the above mentioned ingredients and serve with plain steamed rice.

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