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Bengal Style Fried Eggplant

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Beguni or batter-fry of Brinjal is another favorite snacks served in any Bengali get together. It is an ideal preparation for a rainy evening. This is also served as a side dish with Khichuri or Chholar Dal served with rice.
Ingredients
  Brinjal 1 Large
  Salt To Taste
  Vegetable oil 1 Cup (16 tbs) (For deep frying)
For the batter
  Bengal gram flour 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Kalonji 1 Teaspoon
  Vegetable oil 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Baking soda 1 Pinch (Optional)
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Wash and pat dry the brinjal.
2) Cut the brinjal along the length in quarters. Cut each quarter in thin vertical slices.
3) Season the slices with salt and place aside.
4) In a bowl, add all the batter ingredients and mix thoroughly.
5) Gradually add water and beat in, to prepare a smooth and thick batter. The batter should not be too runny. When dropped from a spoon, it should form a continuous ribbon-like strand.
6) Let the batter stand for 5 minutes before using.

MAKING
7) Place a wok on high heat and add enough oil to deep fry.
8) Reduce the heat to medium, when the oil is piping hot.
9) Dip a brinjal slice into the batter and thoroughly coat both the sides in batter. Quickly transfer the battered slice in hot oil to fry until light browned. Flip over to fry the other side.
10) Drain the oil and transfer on paper towels to soak extra oil.
11) Repeat the process to fry all the brinjal slices.

SERVING
12) Serve hot with tomato sauce or as a side dish with khichuri.

TIPS
Fry the brinjal slices in batches, without crowding the wok.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Bengali
Course: 
Appetizer
Taste: 
Savory
Feel: 
Crunchy
Method: 
Deep Fried
Dish: 
Fritter
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Eggplant
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Story
The Bengali word – Beguni, makes the mouth to water for all Bengalee people. It is a hot favorite in my family also. No matter, how many Beguni I prepare, within 5 minutes, I find all are vanished.

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