Being Bengali: Two Puja food recipes (To go with ‘Fish to brinjal fry…take your pick at Puja’)

October 3rd, 2011 - 12:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Oct 3 (IANS) Here are the recipes of two simple but popular Bengali food items consumed during Durga Puja festival.

1. Beguni - Eggplant fry

Ingredients:

Bengal gram flour - 1/2 cup
Red chilli powder - in very small quantity
Eggplant - 150 gm (4-5), longitudinally cut slices, with the stem attached
Oil
Salt to taste

Preparation:

Mix Bengal gram flour with water to create a batter. Add a little salt for taste. Dip eggplant slices in the batter to coat and add a little red chilli powder on each side. Deep fry in very hot oil until crisp, drain on kitchen towel. Serve piping hot.

2. Luchi - a Bengali version of the north Indian puri

Ingredients:

Maida or fine wheat flour - 1 kg
Refined oil or Ghee - 4 tablespoons
Salt to taste
Warm water to knead the flour
Oil

Preparation:

Knead the flour, with oil and salt with warm water. Make small balls of dough. Flatten these into circular shapes and roll out with a rolling pin. Deep fry one by one and serve piping hot with side dishes.

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