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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.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time40 mins
Author: Srividhya G


  • 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.


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


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.