Feb 062014

Beguni is a delightful, yummy snack, just perfect for a rainy day. Fresh purple brinjal slices, dipped in chick-pea flour batter and deep-fried to a warm, crunchy golden brown. Crisp eggplant fritters or Vankayya Bajji are best relished as a snack or served as a side dish with Khichdi/daal-rice. Enjoy this popular Bengali snack recipe with a hot cup of chai!

Beguni Recipe Bengali Brinjal Fritters

Beguni Bengali Recipe

Brinjal is native to India and it’s available in purple, green or white varieties. As cut eggplants tend to brown very quickly, you need to keep them immersed in water or sprinkle some lemon juice over the eggplant slices. Eggplant also absorbs a lot of oil and it’s advised to “degorge” eggplants – sprinkle salt over the brinjal slices, let stand for 15 minutes, rinse under running water and pat dry. This process also helps remove the bitterness, if any.

Brinjal is widely used in Indian cuisine and it’s called the ‘king of vegetables’.  Eggplant or Brinjal is low in calories but rich in fiber. It prevents cancer, heart disease, slows down aging and has a low glycemic index. 

Beguni Bengali Recipe:

Eggplant bajji recipe is a deliciously easy snack of crispy fried eggplant fritters made with chickpea flour. Bajjis are just the recipe to brighten up a damp, chilly day. Crispy fried eggplant bajjis served with tomato ketchup and a steaming cup of masala chai – truly heavenly!

How to make Bengali beguni fry:

Learn how to make an easy snack with this simple eggplant recipe

1. For this Bengali brinjal fritters recipe, finely slice brinjals into roundels or cut longitudinally. 

Eggplant slices for Brinjal Bajji Recipe

Brinjal slices

2. Mix all the ingredients for the baingan pakora batter along with water to a semi-thick consistency. Dip brinjal slices in it and coat well.

Beguni batter for Bengali Brinjal Fritters Recipe

Eggplant batter

3. Heat oil in a kadai and gently release the batter coated slices of brinjal into it. 

Batter fried brinjal slices for Bengali Eggplant Fritters Recipe

Deep-fry brinjal slices

4. Deep fry the brinjal slices till golden brown. Turn the baingan bajjis over when one side turns golden brown.

Deep fried beguni fritters for Vankaya Bajji Recipe

Crisp eggplant fritters

5. Remove Vankayya Bajji with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Bengali Baingan pakora recipe

6. Serve crisp and delicious Bengali style Beguni as a tea time snack with puffed rice or as a side dish with rice and simple moong dal.

Battered Eggplant Recipe

Eggplant Fritters

If you are searching for more eggplant recipes for rice, do try out Brinjal Tomato Curry, Neem Begun Bhaja, Baingan Bharta, Matar Baingan Bhujia and Shorshe Doi Begun.

Eggplant Fritters Recipe details below:

Beguni Recipe Bengali
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Batter fried eggplant fritters are a popular teatime snack in most Bengali households. Learn how to make Beguni - fried fritters made with brinjal and gram flour.
Course: Side Dish, Snacks
Cuisine: Bengali
Servings: 4
Calories: 252 kcal
Author: Shil
  • <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1">Eggplant/<span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="" data-mce-bogus="1">brinjal</span> – 1 medium sliced into thin roundels</span>
  • <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1">Oil for <span class="hiddenGrammarError" pre="for " data-mce-bogus="1">deep frying</span></span>
For the batter:
  • <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1"><span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="" data-mce-bogus="1">Besan</span>/Chick pea flour – 1 cup</span>
  • Rice Flour – ¼ cup
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1">Onion seeds/<span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="" data-mce-bogus="1">Kalonji</span>/<span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="" data-mce-bogus="1">Kalojeera</span> - 1 tsp</span>
  • Poppy seeds optional – 1 tsp
  • Hing/Asafoetida optional – a pinch
  • Salt to taste
  1. <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1">Cut <span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="Cut " data-mce-bogus="1">brinjal</span> into thin slices.</span>
  2. <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1">Mix <span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="Mix " data-mce-bogus="1">besan</span>/<span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="" data-mce-bogus="1">chickpea</span> flour, rice flour, salt, red chilli powder, onions seeds, hing and poppy seeds.</span>
  3. Gradually add water to make a smooth, semi-thick batter of pouring consistency.
  4. <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1">Wash <span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="Wash " data-mce-bogus="1">brinjal</span>/eggplant slices and pat dry.</span>
  5. Heat oil in a frying pan.
  6. Add some hot oil to the batter and blend well with hand.
  7. <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1">Dip the <span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="the " data-mce-bogus="1">brinjal</span>/eggplant roundels in the batter, <span class="hiddenSuggestion" pre="" data-mce-bogus="1">ensure</span> the slices are well-coated and gently drop them in hot oil.</span>
  8. <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1">Fry till the eggplant/<span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="" data-mce-bogus="1">brinjal</span> fritters are nicely cooked on both sides and turn golden brown.</span>
  9. <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1">Remove <span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="Remove " data-mce-bogus="1">brinjal</span>/eggplant fritters using a slotted spoon. Place on paper towels/tissue paper to drain off excess oil.</span>
  10. <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1">Serve piping-hot <span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="piping-hot " data-mce-bogus="1">Beguni</span>/Eggplant Fritters with a light sprinkling of <span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="of " data-mce-bogus="1">Chaat</span> Masala.</span>
Recipe Notes

Begun is the Bengali term for brinjal and hence brinjal fritters are called Beguni.


Beguni – Bengali Crisp Eggplant Fritters | Batter Fried Brinjal Slices
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