Monday, August 2, 2021



Try out this delicious recipe of fried brinjals from the Bengali cuisine. Thick roundels of brinjals (also known as aubergines or eggplants) are marinated with turmeic powder, chilli powder, salt and sugar and deep fried to perfection. You can also add some flour (whole wheat/ gram flour/ riceflour or corn flour) for a crispy texture.These pair well as an accompaniment with Khichdi or dal chawal.

Large brinjals ..... 1 or 2 as needed
Turmeric powder .... 1 tsp
Red chilli powder .... 1 tsp
Sugar ...................... 1/4 tsp
Salt ........................ to taste
Rice flour ............... 1 tbsp ( can also use whole wheat flour / Besan / Corn flour )
Mustard oil ............. for frying

1. Wash the brinjals well and wipe them with a kitchen towel.
2. Cut them into thick slices. You get 5-6 slices from a large brinjal.
3. In a platter mix all the ingredients except oil.
4. Coat the slices with this mixture and rub them well with your fingers.
5. Heat mustard oil in a flat bottomed pan. Bring it to a smoking point and reduce the heat.
6. Slidein the marinated brinjals carefully adding 4-5 at a time.
7. Fry them to a crispy texture turning them intermittently. This may take 4-5 minutes.
8. Remove on a kitchen tissue to remove excess oil.
9. Serve immediately with your meals. They pair well with khichdi or dal chawal.

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This recipe is made for the event - A-Z Recipe Challenge. 
Season 1 - We hace completed the first season making the recipes alphabetically with ingredients with English names. ( eg. A - Apple, Artichoke, Asparagus ..)
Season 2 - We decided to make the recipes alphabetically with Hindi names. ( A - Anar, Adrak Aloo ... )
This month the Alphabet is B and I chose Baingan 

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Recipe List of A-Z Challenge (Season 2)

A - Adraki Aloo  (baby Potatoes with ginger and spice powders)
B - Begun Bhaja  ( Bengali style fried Brinjals)
C - Chukandar Ke Parathe  (Stuffed Beetroot Parathas)
D - Dahi Chawal (Farali ) (Barnyard Millet Curd Rice)
E- Elaichi Cup Cakes ( Cardamom Flavoured Cup Cakes )
F - False ke Biscuit ( Lemon Currant Cookies )
G - Gud Wale Pohe ( Sweet Flattened Rice Flakes with Jaggery)
H - Hare Dhaniye ki Sabzi  ( Fresh Coriander Stir Fry )
I - Imli Gosht ( Tangy Mutton Curry )
J - Jowar ke Phulke (Sorghum Flour Flatbreads)
- Karele ki Bhurji ( Diced Bitter Gourd Stir fry)
L - Lehsun Ka Achar ( Garlic Pickle)
M - Moong Dal with Sarson ka Saag ( Moong dal with Mustard Greens)
N - Neembu Gud ki Shikanji (Indian summer drink with herbs and spices)

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  1. Begun Bhaja is such a delicious dish from Bengali Cuisine with eggplants. This is the only way my little ones eats brinjals. I love it with Bengali khichuri. Your platter with dal chawal, papad cone and begun bhaja looks super tempting.

  2. This is one of our Favorite ways to use brinjal. We get these huge auberigines that are so tasty when done this way. I have never added sugar in mine, is that to help the browning?

    1. Yes dear, sugar caramelizes them and gives a nice colour.

  3. I've tried these begun bhaja at a food festival that happened at our apartment complex in Bangalore and it is so so delicious. Simple with few spices but very tasty. We had it with some khichdi.

    1. Ok So you have tasted them. Usually in any Bengali Pooja gatherings also they serve these with khichuri

  4. Begun baja is one of my most favourite dish. It is so simple and flavourful. Absolute bliss when served with rice dal and papad. Comfort food anytime.

    1. Yes dear, dal chawal papad and begun bhaja is total bliss

  5. Begun Bhaja seems an apt side dish to go with dal and rice or pulao. We are very fond of fried brinjal but this one has a slight variation.Will try out this variation too. Interesting recipe.

    1. Go for it, a treat for brinjal lovers.You will enjoy this Bengali version too.

  6. That looks so delicious. Baingan is my favorite veggie, I had baingan bhaja at my bengali friend's home when she made it. bengali food is so delicious.
    Your platter looks so inviting

    1. Thanks Hema. Glad to know you tasted and liked them.

  7. begun bhaja with a side of dal chawal is bliss. Been many years since I made it. Will make it now thanks to your recipe :-)

    1. It truely is bliss. Simple comfort meal. Thanks

  8. Begun Bhaja is such a easy and yummy dish using with eggplants. I love to eat with some curd on top & spices. Your whole platter with looks super delicious.


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