Thursday, March 19, 2015

Baingan Pakora Recipe | How to make Brinjal Bajjis / Pakoras

For the final day of Pick one, cook 3 or Cook 1 for each day, the final day list was a List of Fried Dough Food. Now the entire list looked so appealing. Well since I wanted to make one from each list, I had to select only one and I decided to pick up my favorite from our Indian cuisine.

Today's post features a pakora or as I call it a Baingan Bajjis. Because as I have explained in my other post on Bread Pakoras, any vegetable dipped in a batter and deep fried, we call it as Bajjis. However the north cuisines refer to this as baingan pakora and I have no issues with that as well.

I adapted this from here and I was happy that I could finally share it on here. There is that other version of Brinjal Pakora that's quite famous in Bengal, and has been on my to do list for a while. Maybe one of these days I should seriously look it up and make it soon.

Baingan Pakora / Baingan Bajji

Ingredients Needed:

Brinjal , medium sized - 4 nos
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For the batter

Green chillies, finely chopped - 2 -3 nos
Coriander leaves, minced handful
Gram flour/Besan - 1 cup
Rice flour  - 1 tbsp
Curds / Yoghurt - - 1/4 cup
Ajwain 1 tsp
Hing / Asafoetida a pinch
Turmeric powder a pinch
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Chaat masala - 3/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Baking soda a pinch
Salt to taste

Oil for frying

How to make the Pakoras

Wash and slice the Brinjals into thin round circles. Change water and drain. Place them in a bowl and sprinkle 1/2 tsp chilli powder and 1/2 tsp salt and set aside.

For the Batter:

Take all the ingredients for batter in a bowl, add 1/4 cup water in it and mix thoroughly to avoid lumps. The batter should be thick in consistency.

Heat oil in a kadai, then simmer to medium when you are ready to fry. Take one brinjal slice at a time, dip it in batter and gently slide into the hot oil. Do not crowd in the pan and allow enough space for you to move it around.

Fry in batches till you are done. Cook till both sides are nice golden in colour.

Using a slotted spatula, drain the pakoras on a kitchen towel.

Serve hot with sauce.


You can do double frying to make the pakodas more crispy. That time make sure your slices are thicker.

I also made Chili bajjis along with this.

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Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

You are tempting me too much with that plate! The pakoras looks marvelous :)

Padmajha PJ said...

The thali looks very scrumptious Srivalli! And the bajjis add more taste to it :)

Priya Srinivasan said...

Oh valli, lunch time here, this is tempting me to make some bhaji's now!!! lip-smacking good!!!

Annu Swamy said...

Bajjis are so tempting. Its quite famous in south especially the banana and brinjal. Very well presented.

Jayanthi said...

You are killing me here....with all the bajjis and pakoras. They look awesome Valli.

vaishali sabnani said...

These baingan pakoras were my one time favourite. They have disappeared from the menu because of my allergy for brinjal.

Priya Suresh said...

That thali is just inviting me, who can resist to this crispy pakoras.

Suma Gandlur said...

The whole thali looks appealing and I bet those baingan pakoras are yummy.

Pavani N said...

OMG those eggplant pakoras look so delicious. I think they are calling my name :-)
Will have to try these really really soon.

Srividhya said...

Love anything with bhaingan. My favorite veggie.

sneha datar said...

This is a yummy pakora and these look delectable.

Harini-Jaya R said...

The thali looks very tempting. I am sure my husband will love these bajjis.

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