Today I am Sharing with you a very nutritious recipe made with Neem leaves and Brinjal (Eggplant). It is a typical Bengali recipe and very popular in Bengal.The dish is bitter in taste, quick and easy to prepare and requires a few ingredients. This healthy dish is perfect for spring and summer.
Cooking time – 15 minutes Serve – 4
1.Newly grown neem leaves – 1/4 cup.
2.Eggplant (begun) – 1 (cut into small cubes)
3.Salt – 1/4 tsp.
4.Oil – 2 tbsp.
1.Soak the eggplants cubes in water for 10 minutes,drain and keep aside. Put the neem leaves in a colander and wash.
2.Heat oil in a frying pan, add the eggplant and fry for 4 to 5 minutes (do not add salt). Remove it from the pan, keep aside. In the same pan add the neem leaves. Reduce the heat and fry the leaves until crisp (do not add oil). Now add the fried eggplant to the neem leaves. Add salt and mix well. Fry them for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
Neem Begun Bhaja is ready. Serve the healthy dish as a first item for lunch.
[ You can roast the neem leaves in microwave. Put the leaves in a micro safe bowl and microwave at high power for 7 to 8 minutes (stir in between). Add the roasted leaves to the fried eggplant, add salt and fry for 3 to 4 minutes.]