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Alternative namesবেগুনী
Place of originIndia
Region or stateIndia
Associated cuisineIndia
Main ingredientsBrinjal (eggplant), Gram flour, Salt, Vegetable oil

Beguni (Bengali: বেগুনী) is a common Bengali snack originating from the West Bengal region of India. 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

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.

See also



  1. ^ Jane Grigson (2007). Jane Grigson's Vegetable Book. U of Nebraska Press. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-8032-5994-2.
  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.