How to make Begun Bhaja - A favourite of the Bengalis – simple yet tasty, brinjal slices shallow fried

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Main Ingredients : Brinjals (बैंगन), Poppy Seeds

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Begun Bhaja

Hindi: baingan
Also called by names like aubergine and eggplant, this purple hued fleshy vegetable is a versatile thing and fun to cook with. Dish-up a very traditional bharta with it, bake a lasagna with parmesan and eggplant or just fry it for a great accompaniment with dal-chawal, brinjal is versatile. To choose one without seeds, pick the lighter one with a smooth shiny skin.

Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 6-10 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Begun Bhaja Recipe

  • Brinjals 4 medium

  • Poppy Seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 1/2 teaspoons

  • Lemon juice 1 teaspoon

  • Poppy seeds (khuskhus/posto) 4 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil to deep fry


Step 1

Heat sufficient oil a non-stick pan.

Step 2

Cut half the brinjal into thick roundels. Halve the remaining brinjal and slice thickly. Place all of them in a bowl.

Step 3

Add salt, turmeric powder and chilli powder and mix well.

Step 4

Shallow-fry in hot oil, a few at a time,turning sides, till golden on both sides. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 5

Serve hot.