BM #104 Day 26 -

This classic Bengali Vegetable Chop or Bhejitable Chop, as it is called, marks the end of the month long Mega marathon.
It has been a wonderful culinary journey across many states in India and we got to explore some unique dishes and bookmarked many from our fellow marathoners.

After so many fried snacks in this series, I thought I should cut down on calories as I knew these vegetable chops would be a favorite at home. These vegetable chops turned out a tad spicy for my little one but the rest of us were happy with the spicy ones. 

Note to self - Cut down on the bhaja masala a little so the spice can be toned down.

Please keep an eye out for a recap of all the sweets and snacks which I posted in this series.

Recipe Inspiration here
Ingredients - 

Potato 2 nos (medium size)
Beetroot 2 nos (medium size)
Carrot 2 nos (medium size)
Ginger, grated 1 tsp
Green chilies finely chopped as needed
Salt, Sugar as needed
Coriander leaves finely chopped 2 Tbsp
Oil 3 Tbsp (divided use)
For the Coating - 
Maida/All Purpose Flour 1 Tbsp
Water as needed
Bread Crumbs 1 cup
Bhaja Masala - 
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Sonf / Fennel seeds 1/2 tsp
Coriander Seeds 1/2 tsp
Cloves 5-6
Cardamom 2-3
Cinnamon 1/2 inch piece
Peppercorns 10-12
Red Chilies 2-3
Bay Leaf  1 tiny

Method Of Preparation -

Prepare Bhaja Masala - 
In a heated pan dry roast all the ingredients listed under the Bhaja Masala and grind into a fine powder upon cooling. Set aside the masala powder.

To Make the Vegetable Chops - 
Boil potatoes and mash well. Grate Beetroot and Carrot and set aside.

In a heated pan, add a teaspoon of oil and saute the grated beetroot and carrot. When they are almost cooked, add in the mashed potatoes, ginger, green chilies and the bhaja masala. Sprinkle salt, sugar and mix well.

When the mixture comes together as single mass, remove from heat. Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and allow to cool.

Add some bread crumbs to the mixture and shape them into tiny oblongs or any other shape as preferred and set aside. I got 22 of them.

Prepare the slurry by mixing flour and water to make a thin runny batter.

Keep the slurry in a bowl and bread crumbs in another.

Dunk each oblong shaped vegetable chop in the slurry and then roll it in the bread crumbs and arrange in a lined tray.

Repeat this process for the remaining vegetable chops.

[Repeat the slurry and bread crumb coating process again if needed - I didn't do it]

Refrigerate the prepared vegetable chops for an hour before frying.

[I froze them overnight and then proceeded with air frying them].

To Deep Fry - 
Heat oil in a wok/kadai and gently slide the refrigerated vegetable chops and fry until they are golden brown. Remove onto paper towels and serve.

To Air Fry - 
Arrange the frozen vegetable chops in the air fryer basket and air fry them at 400 °F for about 18 minutes or until they are crisp.

Remove from the air fryer and serve with any sauce or chutney.

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Preparation Time 30 minutes + 1 hour Freezing Time + 20 minutes Air Frying time
Makes 22-24
Posted by Harini R on Monday, September 30, 2019


  1. Suma Gandlur Says:
  2. Fantastic idea. Loved these guilt free air fried chops. I was not sure and wondering whether these could be done in an air fryer but it could be done, I know now. :)

  3. Srivalli Says:
  4. Awesome finish Harini, I am so taken in by all the IP and Airfryer dishes, yours has turned out so good. I enjoyed your month long dishes and so many to make it myself.

  5. I expected air fried version from you Harini. They turned out super delicious and such a guilt free snack.

  6. Awesome ! Why didn’t i think of this ! Air fryer is a great idea to make these crunchy chops , wow ! Will be definitely making them soon - this time in air fryer :))

  7. sushma Says:
  8. Great idea of air frying the veg chops, they have turned out so nice. It was great being a part of this marathon along with you.

  9. Narmadha Says:
  10. we can enjoy this guilt free. looks so crispy and crunchy.

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