Chop, muri, telebhaja are most favorite evening snacks in Bengal. If you are a Bengali then you must admit that nothing can be more enjoyable than an awesome evening with vegetable chop, muri & tea and ADDA with friends & family members. Is this not true? But did you ever try homemade Bengali style vegetable chop? Is it IMPOSSIBLE?
Well, actually it is not NOT. You can easily can make healthy & tasty vegetable chop at home.
Though most people will prefer to enjoy those chops with muri but I prefer to have those with fresh vegetable salad and sauce. Ohh, not tomato sauce, like any other Bengali people I love to eat those delicious chops with KASUNDI, a traditional Bengali style mustard sauce.
Winter is a such a time when you can not stop yourself to make something special with vegetables. The reason is simple because a lot of fresh vegetables are available during this season and that too at a very low price.
You can buy fresh beetroots & carrots from the local market at a very low price. But beetroot is such a vegetable what many people hesitate to add to any dish because it turns every dish reddish. Yes, the color of beetroot is very strong.
But there are some food what you can not imagine or you can not make it delicious without adding beetroot. Vegetable chop is one of those dishes.
So are you ready to try homemade Bengali veg chop? If you do not have kasundi at home then please arrange it soon from the local market. Otherwise you need to make that too, haha because without kasundi it won’t be that much delicious.
Bengali style vegetable chop recipe
- 1 beetroot
- 2 carrot/gajar
- 2 small potatoes/aloo
- 2 teaspoons ginger paste (or grated)
- 2 teaspoons cumin powder (jeera)
- 2.5 teaspoons coriander powder (dhania)
- 2 teaspoons red chilli powder (lal mirch)
- 1.5 teaspoons garam masala
- 1.5 teaspoons aamchoor, optional
- 1.5 teaspoons turmeric powder (haldi)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
- Salt as needed
- ⅓ cup roasted peanuts
- 1 tablespoon gram flour (besan)
- Salt as needed
- ⅔ cup breadcrumb
- Water as needed
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil for deep frying
- Boil 2 small potatoes and mash it
- Now take grated beetroot, carrot and mashed potatoes in a plate
- Add all powder spices & salt and mix all
- Heat oil in a cooking pot (kadai) and add grated ginger, fry it till nice aroma comes out
- Add spicy mashed ingredients and cook it over low flame for next 5-6 minutes
- Let rest it till it reaches room temperature, spread roasted peanuts then roughly mash again
- Now make 7-8 small balls and then give it shape of vegetable chop
- Prepare gram flour batter (not too thin or thick), add pinches of salt too
- Dip each raw veg chop into it then coat it with breadcrumb
- Heat oil in a cooking pot (kadai) and deep fry those veg chops coated with breadcrumb
- Serve this with fresh veg salad and mustard sauce (kasundi)
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How to make vegetable chop at home?
Mix grated beetroot, carrot, boiled potatoes, salt and all powder spices
Now heat oil in a kadai and fry grated ginger and add the mixture what we prepared in the previous step
Rest it till it reaches normal temperature and then add roasted peanuts to it and mash again to make a dough. Now make small balls and then give proper shape for your favorite vegetable chop.
Then make besan based batter and dip those raw veg chop into the batter and then coat it with breadcrumbs.
Heat veg oil in a kadai and deep fry those veg chops properly
Serve homemade delicious Bengali style vegetable chops with kasundi (Bengali mustard sauce) and fresh vegetable salad prepared with cucumber, onion etc.