Pyazi, Healthy Bengali Snack

Pyazi, Healthy Bengali Snack

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Feeling glum on a monsoon day? Set it right with mouth-watering Pyazi! A traditional Bengali snack, the Pyazi is deep-fried onion bhajiya with a touch of kalanji.

This recipe here comes with a healthy twist. The same irresistible taste and aroma is achieved by cooking the Pyazi in a healthy way using just a teaspoon of oil.

It requires a bit of tact to tava-cook such snacks, but once you get the hang of it you can cook many of your favourite foods in a healthy way. Serve the Pyazi hot and fresh with green chutney.

Pyazi, Healthy Bengali Snack recipe - How to make Pyazi, Healthy Bengali Snack

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 3 servings
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1/2 cup besan (bengal gram flour)
1/4 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
1/2 tsp nigella seeds (kalonji)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
salt to taste
1 tsp oil for greasing and cooking

For Serving
healthy green chutney

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and mix well.
  2. Add approx. 3 tbsp of water and mix it very well using your hands.
  3. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and grease it with ½ tsp of oil.
  4. Take a portion of the mixture, place it on a wet palm and lightly flatten it.
  5. Transfer the pyazi on the fingers of the other hand and carefully place it on the greased tava (griddle).
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to make 14 more pyazis.
  7. Cook all the pyazis on a medium flame using ½ tsp of oil till they turn golden brown in colour from both the sides.
  8. Serve immediately with healthy green chutney.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy152 cal
Protein6.9 g
Carbohydrates23.7 g
Fiber4.4 g
Fat3.4 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium22.2 mg


Pyazi, Healthy Bengali Snack
 on 09 Apr 18 09:25 AM

Nice twist to kaanda bhajiya is what I wld say. The uniqueness is the addition of kalonji instead of coriander seeds. Though loved this non fried version.