Bengali Begun bhaja or Baingan Bhaja recipe – is a popular traditional Bengali dish of marinated thick eggplant or aubergine slices pan fried in mustard oil. One of the finest Bengali recipes that people particularly pair with Khichuri. We call it as a tawa baingan fry in hindi. If you see, many baingan bhaja recipe include the coating of either rice flour or besan or even atta. But, the traditional authentic Bengali begun bhaja recipe do not make any use of flour. However, if you want to make baingan crispy, you may opt for rice flour coating. One secret that makes it most delicious and maintains the authenticity of the recipe is, the addition of little sugar. Serve begun bhaja even with luchi, dal rice, or simple pulao, you will never hate baingan, i assure. Here is how to make begun bhaja recipe step by step at home.
Eggplant is a vegetable that I do not cook much as i do not like it at all. But, honestly speaking there are few recipes that melts my heart and I fall weak on knees. Yes, you read it right! Few recipes that I love are baingan bhaja, Bagare Baingan, muttabal, baba ganoush, Kashmiri baingan and baingan bharta or chokha. The another reason that make me eat aubergines are its nutritional benefits. It is indeed extremely rich in iron, potassium, dietery fiber, minerals and essential Vitamin B groups.
Are you planning to enjoy eggplant fry for evening snacks? Then, just coat it with rice flour and fry it until crisp. But, then it will not be authentic baingan bhaja but crispy baingan fry 🙂
What is Bhaja?
Bhaja word in Bengali simply means ‘fry’ or ‘fried’. So, it can either be pan fry (shallow fry) deep fry or anything fried with batter (like fritters). Any vegetable that is shallow or deep fried with basic minimum masalas is called as bhaja. It can be patol bhaja (pointed gourd), baingan bhaja, aloo bhaja, pumpkin bhaja or bitter gourd or any such vegetable. Even vegetables like, plantain (raw banana), onion, okra can be deep of shallow fried with spices to make bhaja.
Important tips to make best baingan bhaja recipe
To make begun bhaja, always use long or large variety of baingan or eggplant.
Whenever you buy an eggplant, be sure to check that large baingan is not very heavy in weight. Because, heavy weight indicates more of seeds in to. Always select clean shiny, and light weight aubergines to avoid seeds, so that you get more of its flesh.
Awalys, slice the eggplant of atleast 1 cm thickness and be sure to cut each slices of same thickness, so that they cook through evenly.
If you really want to enjoy authentic begun bhaja then always fry aubergine or eggplant in mustard oil only. However, you may choose to fry them in vegetable or any other oil as well.
Bengali Begun Bhaja Ingredients
The traditional recipe of begun bhaja only 4 ingredients in its marination – turmeric powder, red chili powder, sugar and salt. To add little tanginess to the recipe, you can either add lemon juice, like how i did or amchoor powder (dry mango powder), this is totally optional. Also, fry them only in mustard oil for the real essence of Bengali bhaja.
Now let me tell you one thing, and it needs a mention here. By God’s Grace, I have two house helps one hails from core village from Andhra and another one is a Bengali from Kolkatta. Yes, thats were i have learnt the essence of authentic Bengali cuisine from her. And, shall be posting some nice authentic recipes here one by one InShaaAllah.
Bengali Baingan bhaja or Begun Bhaja – is a popular traditional Bengali dish of marinated thick eggplant or aubergine slices pan fried in mustard oil. We also call it as a tawa baingan fry in hindi. One of the finest Bengali recipes that people particularly pair with Khichuri, luchi, dal chawal or even rotis.
to cook baingan bhaja
1 large eggplant (aubergine), cut in 1 cm slices
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
3/4 teaspoon, red chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Salt to taste
mustard oil for frying
how to make baingan bhaja
To start with, firstly, clean, wash and slice the baingan evenly.
Now, on a plate, add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, sugar, salt and lemon juice
Then, evenly coat all the slices with prepared spice mix and cover and keep it aside for 10 minutes
Now, heat mustard oil in a pan (upto 1 cm thickness)
Gently add marinated baingan into hot oil and fry them from the sides (2 minutes on each side)
Take out the fried baingan on to a plate.
Begun bhaja or baingan bhaja is ready to serve. Serve this baingan fry with khichuri, luchi or dal rice.
Keywords: Begun Bhaja, Baingan Bhaja
How to make Begun Bhaja step by step
To start with, firstly, clean, wash and slice the baingan evenly. (pat dry to avoid any water on the slices)
2. Now, on a plate, add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, sugar, salt and lemon juice
3. Then, evenly coat all the slices with prepared spice mix and cover and keep it aside for 10 minutes
4. After 10 minutes, heat mustard oil in a pan (upto 1 cm depth), until smoky
5. Gently add marinated baingan into hot oil and then fry them from the sides (2 minutes on each side)
6. Take out the fried baingan on to a plate. Begun bhaja or baingan bhaja is ready. Serve this baingan fry with khichuri, luchi or dal rice.