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Beguni- Batter Fried Eggplants

Beguni- Batter Fried Eggplants


  • 1 small fresh eggplant/aubergine/brinjal, (about 7-8 inches long)
  • 1 + 3/4 cup besan/chickpea flour/gram flour
  • 1 cup water, or as much needed to make a thick batter
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (optional)
  • a nice pinch of baking powder
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon nigella/kala jeera/kalonji or white poppy seeds
  • kala namak or rock salt (a culinary salt) to sprinkle on the fritters (optional)
  • oil for deep frying