Begun Bhaja

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Begun Bhaja


Begun is a Bengali word for eggplant or Aubergine or Brinjal. Begun Bhaja is a traditional dish which goes well with curry rice as a side dish or as a snack. One of the simple dish requires few ingredients and tastes amazing. Rice flour gives a crisp outer coating to the bhaja.  

Cooking Time

Preparation Time :30 Min

Cook Time : 10 Min

Total Time : 40 Min


Serves : 4
  • Eggplants– 1 large–sliced, preferably 1/2 inch

  • Rice Flour– 1/2 cup

  • Red chili powder – 1 1/2 teaspoon

  • Garam masala – 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Lemon Juice – 1 teaspoon

  • Oil / Mustard Oil - 2-3 tablespoon for shallow frying.

  • Salt as per taste + 1/2 teaspoon for soaking eggplant slices

  • Water – 1/2 -1 tablespoon to make masala paste– 2 cups for Eggplant or Baingan slices.


  • Wash, slice Eggplant or Baingan. In a large bowl take 2 cups water, add salt and transfer slices. Keep aside for 10-15 minutes.
  • In a bowl, take salt, red chili powder, garam masala, turmeric, lemon juice. Add little water. Make a thick paste.
  • Remove slices from salt water. Pat dry. Coat well with prepared masala paste. Keep aside for 10 minutes
  • Spread rice flour in a plate. Dredge the eggplant slices, one at a time in the flour. Keep aside.
  • In a nonstick pan, heat oil. Spread it evenly. Gently drop coated slices in oil. Avoid overcrowding the pan.
  • Fry on low flame until light brown and crisp from both the sides.
  • Remove it on an absorbent pepper.
  • Serve hot with any sauce or curry rice.