Begun Pora – Roasted Eggplant – Bengali Recipe

Begun Pora is an authentic preparation of Bengal. It’s a healthy, tasty and simple recipe which you can cook whenever you are busy with your hectic schedule or other household works. The only scary and time-consuming part in this whole thing is roasting the eggplant, on the open flame, till it is charred. This preparation is quite similar to the famous North Indian dish Baingan ka Bharta, but Begun Pora has its own taste and flavour of Bengal totally different from Bharta.

Image : Begun Pora

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Important :

  • Preparation Time : 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time : 25 minutes
  • Total Time : 35 minutes
  • Serve For : 2

Ingredients :

  • Eggplant or Begun (1 big )
  • Tomato (1 medium size)
  • Mustard Oil (1 tbsp)
  • Onion (1 big size) /sliced
  • Ginger (2 inch) /chopped
  • Green Chilli (1) /chopped
  • Fresh Coriander (3-4 tbsp) /chopped
  • Salt (to taste)

Direction : 

  1. Take the eggplant and cut slits into it. Rub some oil into it and put it on a chapatti roasting net on the gas flame. You can also put it in open flame on the gas burner.
  2. Roast the eggplant for 25 minutes or till it is soft. You can prick a fork to test it.
  3. Similarly, take the tomato and cut slits into it, rub oil and roast in the same manner.
  4. When the eggplant and tomato are roasted properly, put them into cold water for 5 minutes. It will help to peel the skin easily.
  5. After 5 minutes, pick them out from water and take off the skin.
  6. Now put both the eggplant and tomato into a blender and make a coarse paste.
  7. Put the paste mixture into a bowl and add sliced onion, chopped green chilli, chopped ginger, chopped coriander leaves, mustard oil and salt into the mixture.
  8. Mix everything very well and your dish is ready.

Images : 

Cut slits into eggplant

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Cut slits into tomato

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Rub some oil on them

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Put it on a chapatti roasting net on the gas flame

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Roast the eggplant for 25 minutes or till it is soft

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Similarly roast the tomato

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It will look like this

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Put into cold water for 5 minutes

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Peel the skin

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Peel the tomato as well

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Make a coarse paste into blender

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Add sliced onion, chopped green chilli, chopped ginger, chopped coriander leaves

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Add salt

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Add mustard oil

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Mix everything well

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Tips :

  • Serve with roti or steamed rice.

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