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Alternative namesবেগুনী
Place of originIndia,
Region or stateBengal region of the Indian subcontinent
Associated national cuisineIndia, Bangladesh
Main ingredientsBrinjal (eggplant), Gram flour, Salt, Vegetable oil

Beguni (Bengali: বেগুনী) is a common Bengali snack originating from the Bengal region. It is made of eggplant (also known as aubergine or brinjal) which is sliced and dipped in gram flour batter before being either fried or deep fried in oil. This dish is also popular in eastern Indian states of Assam and Tripura.[1] A similar European dish is known as aubergine fritters.[2] An almost identical dish is made in the Caribbean, namely in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, called baiganee, consisting of sliced eggplant battered in pholourie batter. [3]

Beguni from a local food stall in Howrah, West Bengal
Beguni is a common component of Iftar in Bangladesh

The dish may be prepared by coating eggplant with besan paste and then frying the pieces in oil.[4] The eggplant is usually cut longitudinally (Bengali: বেগুন begun) and dipped in a batter of Bengal gram flour with salt and turmeric, and deep-fried in mustard oil. Sometimes a small amount of poppy seeds is added to the batter. Some people prefer adding a small amount of baking powder to the batter to make it crunchier. It is commonly consumed along with puffed rice and is an extremely popular street food in the country's cities. It is normally an evening snack in Bengali households and is a very common component of Iftar in Bangladesh during the month of Ramadan of the Islamic calendar.

Beguni is also a quintessential component of the Bengali monsoon cuisine, where it is consumed along with rice and lentil preparation called Khichuri. It is also served as a snack and consumed with tea.

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  1. ^ Jane Grigson (2007). Jane Grigson's Vegetable Book. U of Nebraska Press. p. 46. ISBN 0-8032-5994-8.
  2. ^ Sally Miller (2008). Contemporary Caribbean Cooking. Miller Publishing Co. Ltd. p. 18. ISBN 978-976-8079-75-6.
  3. ^ Pholourie & Baiganee
  4. ^ Uses of Tropical Grain Legumes: Proceedings of a Consultants Meeting, 27-30 Mar 1989, ICRISAT Center, India. ICRISAT. 1991. pp. 108, 335. ISBN 978-92-9066-180-1.