Subz Bhaja (Bengali food)

2 medium size potatoes
2 medium size brinjals
1 raw banana thinly peeled
1 zucchini
1 slice pumpkin, skinned and deseeded
1 cup gram flour
1 cup rice flour
1/2 tbsp hot oil
1 tsp poppy seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste
3-4 pinches soda bicarbonate
oil to deep fry


1. Wash, wipe and slice vegetables (including skins) into thick diagonal slices.
2. Make a batter of all the other ingredients, using water as required.
3. The batter should be able to coat the back of a spoon smooth and thick.
4. Heat oil for frying. Dip some veggies in batter at a time.
5. Coat with batter and let them in hot oil one by one.
6. Fry fritters (veggies) till light golden and crisp.
7. Drain and serve hot with chutney and sauce.
8. Repeat for remaining vegetables. Serve an assortment each time.