Lamba begun bhaja! What is that? If you are not Bengali then you can not understand this. This is most simple food which used to be served to the guests at any Bengali wedding ceremony or any kind of traditional occasion. Begun bhaja means brinjal fry in Bengali. Then what does it mean by ‘lamba’? Haha. Why lamba begun bhaja is different from normal begun bhaja?
Well, ‘lamba’ means long in Bengali. So it is nothing but long brinjal fry. So the taste certainly not different than any other simple brinjal fry. But these long purple brinjal fries used to be served till two decades ago at any Bengali food menu. Mug dal & those lamba begun bhaja are always the most common food in any Bengali occasion. Though the taste is the same. But these long purple brinjal absorbes less oil than any other brinjal when you fry.
Atleast, I felt it and probably that is why during those days lamba begun bhaja are served to guest.
I have so many memories of my childhood when dal & these brinjal fries were served on banana leaves instead of today’s ceramic plates. Yes, banana leaves used to be used as a plate. Did you ever attend such a wedding party where food are serving on banana leaf in your life?
If you can recall those days then you must share that by leaving comment below. Do not you feel nostalgic?
That is why I often try those lamba begun bhaja at home for lunch or dinner.
This year, I have grown 6 brinjal plants and two of those plants are producing long purple brinjal which are perfect for those lamba begun bhaja.
All of those plants are growing organically so the taste of brinjal & the shine of brinjals are much better than market bought brinjal.
Lamba beguni bhja recipe
- 2 long brinjal
- Pinches of turmeric powder (haldi)
- Pinches of salt
- 2 tablespoons refined oil
- Cut each long purple brinjal into 2 pieces
- spread turmeric powder and salt on those pieces
- Heat oil in the kadai and add those pieces
- Cook both sides of those pieces carefully
- Serve it with plain rice or roti
Also read: Delicious Bengali style beguni, Mouthwatering brinjal curry with tomatoes & spices
So are you ready to make it at home? It is the most simple one. So if you remember those days and you want to try it then buy long purple brinjal from the market or grow such brinjal plants at your backyard.