Begun Bhaja | Bengali Style Fried Eggplant

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Begun Bhaja or Baingan Bhaja is a traditional and authentic recipe from the state of West Bengal.  Begun is the Bengali word for brinjal and bhaja means fried. Begun Bhaja is nothing but marinated and fried brinjal slices. Instead of deep frying, I went with shallow frying. 

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The April month BM, journey through cuisine’s taught me lot of recipes from Bengal. I haven’t explored the cuisine of East India. I did book mark few recipes and also I was asking my fellow bloggers for recipes from other states and bookmarked quite a lot. Can’t wait to try them. :-) Love this BM group and I learn a lot from them. :-)  Basically this bhaja can be tried with any veggies. I know during April BM, Sapana posted aloo bhaja and when I was looking for other recipes, found this begun bhaja and tried it right away.

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It’s a super simple recipe. All you need to do is slice the eggplant into thin rounds, marinate and shallow fry. Traditionally the eggplants are fried in mustard oil, but I am going with regular sun flower oil. I did add mustard seed powder to compensate that. I know it doesn’t justify but still added to get that mustard flavor. Without any delay, here is the Bengali fame Begun Bhaja.

Check out my other recipes from Bengal – Jhalmuri, Rasgulla, Moong Dal Kichuri.

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Here are the first two brinjal recipe that I posted,

  1. Kathirikai Puli Kuzhambu
  2. Vangi Bhaat

And here is the third one…

Ingredients:

  • Long Purple Brinjal / Eggplant – 1
  • Red Chilli Powder – 2 tsps
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  • Besan/Chick Pea Flour – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard Seed Powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 2 tsps
  • Oil – for shallow frying

Prep Work:

  • Chop the eggplant into thin round slices. 
  • Wash them and pat them dry.

Steps:

  • Add the red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, chick pea flour and mustard seed powder to the cleaned eggplant slices.
  • Mix them well and let it sit for about 20 minutes.

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  • Heat a wide pan and add oil. Once its hot, turn the heat to medium.
  • Once the oil is hot add these marinated eggplant slices and cook until they turn brown and crisp. I cooked on one side for about 3 to 4 minutes and slowly flip them and cooked until they turned brown. If required add more oil.
  • As my pan was wide, I add all my slices in one shot and shallow fried. Depending upon you pan size fry them in batches.

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That’s it. Begun Bhaja is ready. This goes well with roti and also rice recipes.

Notes:

  • Mustard oil is preferable for frying but opt for any oil of your choice.
  • Mustard seed powder is optional.
  • Adjust the red chili powder and salt according to your preference.
  • Instead of chick pea flour, rice flour can be added too.
  • You deep fry or bake these marinated slices.

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Begun Bhaja | Bengali Style Fried Eggplant
Begun Bhaja or Baingan Bhaja is a traditional and authentic recipe from the state of West Bengal. Begun Bhaja is nothing but marinated and fried brinjal slices.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. Long Purple Brinjal / Eggplant - 1
  2. Red Chilli Powder - 2 tsps
  3. Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
  4. Besan/Chick Pea Flour - 1 tbsp
  5. Mustard Seed Powder - 1 tsp
  6. Salt - 2 tsps
  7. Oil - for shallow frying
Prep Work
  1. Chop the eggplant into thin round slices.
  2. Wash them and pat them dry.
Steps
  1. Add the red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, chick pea flour and mustard seed powder to the cleaned eggplant slices.
  2. Mix them well and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
  3. Heat a wide pan and add oil. Once its hot, turn the heat to medium.
  4. Once the oil is hot add these marinated eggplant slices and cook until they turn brown and crisp. I cooked on one side for about 3 to 4 minutes and slowly flip them and cooked until they turned brown. If required add more oil.
  5. As my pan was wide, I add all my slices in one shot and shallow fried. Depending upon you pan size fry them in batches.
  6. That’s it. Begun Bhaja is ready. This goes well with roti and also rice recipes.
Notes
  1. Mustard oil is preferable for frying but opt for any oil of your choice.
  2. Mustard seed powder is optional.
  3. Adjust the red chili powder and salt according to your preference.
  4. Instead of chick pea flour, rice flour can be added too.
  5. You deep fry or bake these marinated slices.
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