The occasional rainy day indulgence..garlicky aubergine fritters. Spiced to perfection with nigella seeds, cumin, fennel and carom seeds, tangy from dry mango powder and flavored with garlic, green chillies and coriander, these gram flour coated aubergines are the perfect arm candy to your cup of joy on a rainy evening.
Call them fritters, Baigani (in Oriya), Beguni( Bengali), Chachka bachka (in Bihari) or simply Bhajias, these are easy, quick and the perfect rainy day food. Rains tend to have a crazy effect on me..It turns me from your regular S to a perennially gluttonous and hungry for yummies S!
You think its easy being me?? Ha!
Conversation with an old friend :
“I am starting exercising Monday” !
And she says.. today IS Monday S…
I : ” Hmm…. I meant next Monday.. Pakka!! ”
But then isn’t there something about the drizzly weather that makes you wanna snuggle in a bed with warm cuppa coffee or tea or scotch ( whatever floats your boat really)!
Don’t you see the rolling grey clouds and wish for a Genie to appear from somewhere and start serving you delicacies so that you can simply savor them without going to the effort of making them??
Doesn’t it become extra tough to let go of that extra “last” helping of a delicious pakora ??
Doesn’t lazy become your middle name in the monsoons?? Err… No??? Ok …so its just me then! (Rolling my eyes… Shhhh ..Don’t tell anyone)
Don’t you love getting drenched in the down pour and suddenly become nostalgic for your siblings??
Don’t you call up school friends just to discuss “rem that one time when school was declared closed coz of rains and we ended up doing xyz”?
Don’t you start missing your mom’s simple food?
It does to you too?? Lordy Lord!! Here I was thinking this only happens to me
Now that we are sharing life histories and all… how can I not share this delectable yumm recipe that I have been making for the longest time now!!
Rains or no rain, when you need a simple crowd pleaser , I close my eyes, buckle my apron…say a prayer to the Lord of all fat people( Dear God, Pls forgive me for I am about to eat fried food , Again!) and get started!!
And you should get started on this too… ASAP.
Hail the Rain God!
I am all for guilt free indulgence!!
- Aubergine 2 , cut into thin roundels.
- Green chillies 4, deseeded and chopped fine(keep some seeds if desired)
- Garlic cloves 8, chopped fine
- Coriander chopped fine, 2 tbsp
- Gram flour - ½ cup
- Salt and turmeric to taste.
- Red chillie powder - 2 tsp
- Aamchoor or Dried Mango powder - 1 tsp
- Chaat Masala Powder - ½ tsp
- Baking powder - a big pinch
- Whole spices:
- Nigella seeds - 1 tsp
- Carrom seeds - ½ tsp
- Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
- Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
- Oil for deep frying.
- Water - ½ cup
- For garnish:
- Rock salt - for sprinkling
- Onion 1, cut into rings
- Lemon juice of ½ lemon
- salt and pepper
- Coriander chopped finely
- Cut the aubergines into roundels and leave it in salted water.
- Make the batter by mixing all the ingredients above with some water till its of medium thick consistency. The batter should coat the aubergine thickly,without dripping away.
- Always start with a little water, and add more as needed, a little at a time.
- Leave aside for 10-15 minutes.
- Heat a cauldron with some oil.
- Once hot , wait till its almost smoking, reduce the flame to medium high.
- Dunk the aubergine pieces into the batter, coat well, and drop into the oil, one at a time.
- Fry till golden on both sides, turning once to brown the other side.
- Serve immediately with the pickled onions and your favorite cup of chai or coffee.
- For serving:
- Add the lemon juice,salt, pepper,coriander to the onion rings.
- Sprinkle a light pinch of rock salt on the fritters before serving.
- Serve with the onion by the side.
Reduce the chillies as per taste.
Its important to whisk the batter well before setting it aside.
You can also use potato, onion rings, bottle gourd for a variation on the aubergines.