Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Beguni Maker

The Beguni Maker
'Beguni' is the one of the most popular cum delicious local term for Bengali brinjal fritter and one of the most desirable evening snacks among Bengalis. I'm not talking of those modern lots who prefer placing an order over phone to pizza shop and tip the pizza boy. 'Beguni' holds its value for those Bengalis who grew up in warm (read it 'sabeki bangali') neighborhood, with a snacks (beguni and aloo chop only) vendor at the corner, most adorably addressed as 'kaka' or 'dada' by his loyal customers who usually had ample time to analyze national issues, football matches and some P.N.P.C. Unfortunately the number of such archetype beguni-makers have dwindled to such an extent that you have to scan for kilometers of bylanes in tinsel towns and rural Bengal to find one dim lit beguni maker's shop among thousand fast-food stalls. Someday try a couple of begunis with a katori of puffed rice and a green chilli to check if my lament is all baseless.

4 comments:

  1. you mean beguni pakudi ?? I have read about it in a novel .. though m not a fan of baingan nor ever got a chance to taste these pakoras ..still someday will sure like to try them wid green coriander chutni.

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    1. Honestly I hate brinjals too :-P
      Among pakudis my favorite is chicken :-D

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  2. I love brinjals :D I'll try them come December ;)

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    1. I sincerely wish that you don't hate them :-)
      Btw, you can click some Beguni photos and share at ClickingPhotos... what do you say?

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