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BEGUN BHAJA / BAINGAN BHAJA / BRINJAL TAWA FRY

Which vegetable is called ” King of Vegetables ” ? How many of you know its Brinjal … I know those of you who hate brinjal are telling yuck.. Brinjal the KING !! ?? People have strong opinions about this veggie .. a love / hate kind of relation.Today i have a dish from Bengali cuisine ” Begun Bhaja / Baingan Bhaja “. A perfect dish to convert all brinjal haters to brinjal eaters if not brinjal lovers….

Wondering what beghun bhaja means ? As i said , it is a classic bengali dish in which the brinjal pieces are mixed with all the spices and shallow fried.They are served as a side dish with rice or roti or eaten up as such as snack.Its so easy to make.. you can prepare it within 10-15 minutes and i often prepare it since my daughter loves brinjal. In the authentic version , brinjal slices are shallow fried in mustard oil. But to cut usage of oil , i have just pan roasted brinjal slices with comparatively  less oil. Also dusting the brinjal slices in rice flour, makes the brinjal absorb less oil and gives a nice crispy finish.

Next time you think that Brinjal is an awful vegetable, remember that its the King of Vegetables and does deserve the due respect! Trust me, it does taste exotic :).. Here goes the recipe…

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BEGUN BHAJA Yum
A classic bengali dish in which marinated Brinjal are shallow fried
Course side dish
Cuisine bengali
Servings
serving
Ingredients
Course side dish
Cuisine bengali
Servings
serving
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash the brinjal well and pat dry.Cut the top stalk.
  2. Now slice the brinjal in ½ inch thick slices as shown in pic. Don't make it too thick ,that will increase cooking time. nor make it too thin that will make it too crispy.It should be crispy from outside n soft inside.
  3. Soak these slices in salted water for 15-20 minutes. This helps in removing the bitterness from brinjal.
  4. Drain and pat dry all the slices on a kitchen napkin or paper.
  5. Next take all the spices mentioned under " to marinate " in a wide vessel/ plate. Mix spices .
  6. Transfer brinjal slices to it .Mix n toss well such that spice mix gets uniformly coated to each slice. Marinate for about 5-6 mins.
  7. Heat a pan / tawa for roasting.Grease the tawa nicely .
  8. Now take rice powder in a plate. Take each slice and coat it with the rice powder lightly.Dust off the remaining rice powder by gently tapping the slices.
  9. Place the brinjal slices on the tawa and drizzle oil .Cook on medium-low flame till both sides are cooked and crispy. Drizzle some more oil when you flip in between.
  10. Serve Begun Bhaja hot with rice and dal or flatbreads or eat them up as such.Whichever way i am sure you'l love it....
Recipe Notes
  • Don't cut the brinjal slices into very thick slices. That will increase cooking time. Also don't make it too thin. Ideally the end product should be crispy from outside and soft from inside.
  • Brinjal absorbs oil while cooking. So, it is better to coat the slices with rice flour.It also helps in giving a little crispness.
  • Actually this dish calls for shallow frying brinjal slices in oil. But we don't prefer much oil. So i have just pan roasted brinjal in comparatively less oil. If you are OK, you can shallow fry. Once they are done, drain the brinjal slices on tissue paper.Else it would be too much oil.
  • You can just marinate the baingan slices in the masala and then fry it directly too. Using rice flour is optional.

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Gloria
    August 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    love this crispy baingan bhaja…looks yummy dear

  • Reply
    Ramya Venkateswaran
    August 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    love the presentation and this is my favorite

  • Reply
    Chitra
    August 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I am yet to try this way ! Feel like grabbing it 🙂

  • Reply
    Linsy Patel
    August 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Yummy presentation

  • Reply
    Meena Kumar
    August 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Love these brinjal fried we make a different version of this but with amchur powder I guess it should taste better.

  • Reply
    Sony P
    August 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Crispy and tempting baingan bhaja!

  • Reply
    Priya Shiva
    August 4, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    This looks tempting and love the way you have presented it!

  • Reply
    Eliza Lincy
    August 4, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Veggies cooked like this always makes me drool. Oh god i wanna taste this right now.

  • Reply
    Priya Suresh
    August 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Am in love with this begun bhaja, hard to resist.

  • Reply
    Beulah Arun
    August 5, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Looks very delicious!

  • Reply
    Poornima hegde
    August 5, 2014 at 9:50 am

    My favourite vegetable and dish looks perfect!

  • Reply
    Jothi Sastry
    August 5, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Wow this looks awesome!!!!! Want to try this out!!!!

  • Reply
    Shabbu
    August 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Looks delicious…nice recipe…

  • Reply
    nandoos Kitchen
    August 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    yumm.. nice presentation..

  • Reply
    mrkk08
    August 5, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Wow love the stack pic:-) looking delicious. Love the idea that its Grilled

  • Reply
    Nalini Somayaji
    August 6, 2014 at 8:27 am

    lovely creation …yemmy brinjal tawa fry …

  • Reply
    MonuTeena RecipesPassion
    August 6, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    crispy bangain slices yum

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    Shashi Ranjan
    May 13, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    A tulsi leaf on top… did you offer it Lord Krishna

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    Pradipta
    March 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

    This is one most preferred fries for any Bengali. I liked it so much.

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