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

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Main Ingredients : Brinjals long, Turmeric powder ( हल्दी का पावडर )

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Snack

Begun Bhaja

The Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine.  In fact so obsessed are they about food, that the man of the house goes to the market daily to buy a fresh supply vegetables and fish which is a must in their daily menu.  The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds its own pungency.  Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.  Most of them are milk based and are prepared from chhena.
A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself.  Bengalis spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating. 

You can also find more Snack recipes like Homemade Paneer Toast, Greek Roll, Mexican Magic Cups, Moong Ke Cheelay. Or try out these recipes from Bengali Cuisine like Mooger Puli, Macher Kalia, Bhapa Doi, Labra.

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Begun Bhaja

Prep Time : 0-5 minutes

Cook time : 6-10 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Ingredients for Begun Bhaja

  • Brinjals long 4 medium

  • Turmeric powder 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.

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