Telebhaja is the most popular evening snack in West Bengal. Beguni (or Bengali style brinjal fritter) comes under this category of food, telebhaja. A bowl fill with puffed rice (muri or murmure) & beguni is the perfect combination for an evening snack. Did you ever try this snack? It is very delicious. Beguni is crispy outside and soft outside. The taste of beguni is better when it is served hot.
You can see many roadside stalls selling those telebhaja at various places in Bengal. If you are Bengali then you will definitely enjoy muri & two pieces of any telebhaja (chop, beguni, singara, fuluri etc) for the evening snack.
Is this not correct?
But still, sometimes we avoid eating those fried stuff because we believe that those are not healthy. The oil what is used to make that fried stuff is often unhygienic because dishonest roadside street food sellers use unhealthy oil to fry those items.
But when we make those food at home then it becomes healthier because we use fresh oil to make those brinjal fritters (beguni).
But the whole thing becomes more enjoyable when you harvest brinjal with your own hands and make this snack. Haha!
Yes, it is possible when you will grow brinjal in your own garden or you are living in a village.
In case, you do not have yard garden still you can grow these vegetables in your rooftop garden because these brinjal plants can easily grow in a container.
I have also grown 6 brinjal plants in our rooftop garden and two of those plants has already started producing many brinjal vegetables.
Those two plants are almost 100 days old and one plant is 70 days old and the other three plants are just 50 days old. All of these plants are grown organically. So we will get more organic brinjals in coming days.
The first two plants are producing long purple color brinjal.
FINGER CROSSED for other plants.
This was my first harvest, so I thought to make something special with that. When you start thinking a delicious food prepared with brinjal then the first thing comes in our mind is beguni. Is it not true? So I followed my heart.
Bengali style beguni recipe
- 1 brinjal (Here I have chosen long purple color brinjal)
- ⅔ cup besan (gram flour)
- Salt as needed
- 2 green chillies, chopped
- 1.5 teaspoons kalonji (kalo jeera)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon turemric powder, optional
- Water as needed
- 2.5 tablespoons vegetable oil for cooking
- Cut brinjal into thin slices
- Take all ingredients in a bowl and mix all, make batter not too thick or thin. It should be sticky so that brinjal slices can be properly coated with batter
- Now heat oil in cooking pot
- Dip brinjal slices into the batter and fry those over medium flame till both sides of brinjal turns into light brown
- Now serve it with salad or chutney or murmure
How to make Bengali style beguni at home?
Cut brinjal into thin slices
Mix all ingredients of batter and make perfect batter for beguni which would be sticky (not too thick or thin). Now dip brinjal slices into batter.
Heat oil in a kadi and fry both sides of the brinjal till it turns into light brown and crispy.
Serve it with murmure or you can simply have it with your favorite sauce & fresh vegetable salad.
I have also make a few chilli pakoda to have those with murmure.