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Begun Bhaja recipe With step by step photos – Begun Bhaja also known as Baingan Bhaja are pan fried or shallow fried marinated slices of Aubergines. Begun Bhaja is a Bengali dish and there are a lot of variations to this recipe.

Baingan Bhaja, Begun Bhaja

To make the Begun Bhaja you need the large variety of eggplant similar to the one which we use for Baingan Bharta. The larger varieties of baingan have less seeds and more flesh.

When cooked the flesh becomes tender with a slight sweet tinge to it… Just scooping up the tender cooked flesh with some bread is so delicious.

This is my mom’s recipe and I just love to have the eggplant fries with some bread or rotis. One of the dishes I often make when I am short of time & creative ideas.

I simply love aubergines sauteed, stir fried, roasted, mashed… Cooked in any way. It is one of my favorite veggies.

Begun Bhaja Recipe, Baingan Bhaja Recipe

In this Begun Bhaja recipe, I have used mustard oil for frying the baingan and rice flour to coat the baingan. However, even sunflower oil or any other oil will taste good. Rice flour gives a nice crispiness to the fries. You can also substitute the rice flour with chickpea flour.

Again using rice flour is optional. You can just marinate the baingan slices in the masala and then fry it directly. Both ways they taste good. Similarly like baingan bhaja you can also make Aloo bhaja or this Brinjal fry recipe (baingan fry) from the Maharashtrian cuisine.

One of the best combinations for a bhaja muger khichuri is baingan bhaja. However you can also serve baingan bhaja with bread, rotis or naan.

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Baingan Bhaja Recipe, Begun Bhaja Recipe

Begun Bhaja

4.8 from 15 votes
Baingan Bhaja or Begun Bhaja are pan fried or shallow fried marinated slices of Aubergines
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins

Cuisine Bengali
Course: Side Dish

Servings 4
Units

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant cut into half inch round slices (baingan or aubergine)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mango powder or amchur powder (optional)
  • rice flour as required
  • salt as required
  • mustard oil for frying, you can also use sunflower oil

Instructions

Preparation to make Begun Bhaja

  • Rinse the eggplant (baingain) well in water. Pat dry with a kitchen towel.
  • Now slice the eggplant in 1/2 inch thick roundels.
  • Soak these slices in salted water for 15-20 minutes. Remove and pat dry all the slices.

Making Begun Bhaja

  • Now add all the spice powders and salt and mix the slices well. Marinate for 5-7 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Take rice flour in a plate. Coat each slice with rice flour. Dust off the extra rice flour.
  • Now pan fry the baingan slices till crisp and golden brown on both sides.
  • Drain baingan slices on paper tissues.
  • Serve baingan bhaja hot with yogurt or any yogurt dip and some bread or rotis or naans.

Notes

Tips for making begun bhaja recipe

  • The baingan can be sliced into thinner or thicker slices. Thicker slices will take more time to cook.
  • Baingan absorbs oil while cooking. So, it is always better to coat the slices with some flour. Here in this recipe I have used rice flour. It serves two fold benefit - firstly, the baingan does not absorb much oil and secondly, rice flour makes the coating crisp from outside. So from outside the baingan is crisp whereas from inside it is soft.
  • You can also use chickpea flour (besan) or all purpose flour (maida) to make begun bhaja.
  • Baingan discolors quickly once it is chopped. Hence, you can put the chopped slices in a bowl of water or use it right away.
  • Not all baingan are bitter. Some of them can be very sweet. However, its better to put the slices in salted water as one cannot come to know by its look or appearance if it is bitter or not. As a general rule, while buying bigger eggplants, the eggplant should be light with a firm skin.
  • I have used mustard oil, but you can use any good vegetable oil for frying.
  • You can either shallow fry or deep fry the baingan.
 

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Begun Bhaja
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 591mg26%
Potassium 271mg8%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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How to make Baingan Bhaja or Begun Bhaja

1: Put the sliced brinjals/baingan in salt water for 20 minutes. This is so that the bitter juices get removed.

Making Begun Bhaja Recipe

2: Now marinate the baingan with all the spice powders except rice flour. Keep for 5-7 minutes.

Making Begun Bhaja Recipe

3: Now take rice powder in a plate. Take each slice and coat it with the rice powder. Ensure that you coat the marinated slices evenly. Dust off the remaining rice powder by gently tapping the slices.

Making Begun Bhaja Recipe

4: In a shallow pan heat mustard oil. Fry the baingan/brinjal slices on both sides till crisp and golden.

Making Begun Bhaja Recipe

5: Drain baingan slices on kitchen paper towels.

Begun Bhaja Recipe, Baingan Bhaja Recipe

6: Serve Begun Bhaja hot with bread, rotis or naan accompanied with a plain yogurt, sauce or green chutney. Begun Bhaja can also be served as a snack or side dish. There is no garnishing done in this dish. Just to get some color for photography, I have added specks of mint leaves here and there. These fries have to be served hot as soon as they are fried.

Begun Bhaja Recipe, Baingan Bhaja Recipe

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  1. Very simple and nice recipe. Tried it with Bengali Khichdi. Tasted yummy and without much oil. Thanks for sharing and please keep sharing good recipes.5 stars

    1. Welcome Manisha. Thanks for your appreciation and positive feedback on begun bhaja recipe.

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