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Begun Bhaja | Bengali Eggplant Fry

Begun bhaja is a classic Bengali dish made using eggplants. Eggplant slices are coated in spices which are then shallow fried. The traditional recipe uses just turmeric powder, pinch of sugar, salt and fried in mustard oil. The use of minimal spices highlights the flavor of the eggplants. You can also add other spices like red chilly powder or garam masala to spice it up and use any cooking oil if you don't like mustard oil. 

The long and fat variety eggplants are used to make this dish as they have more flesh and not much seeds. These pan fried eggplants are little crispy on the outside and soft inside. Begun bhaja is best served hot with khichdi, dal chawal or roti/chapathi and dal. You can have these as a snack too. I served this eggplant fry with chapathi and Bengali masoor dal and must say it was a delicious combo!


{ Bengali dish with pan fried eggplant coated in spices }
Serves 2


1 medium-size eggplant / brinjal (long fat variety)
1 tsp turmeric powder
Pinch of sugar
Salt to taste
Mustard oil or vegetable oil, to shallow fry


1. Wash and pat dry the eggplant. Cut into round slices of about ½-inch thickness.

2. In a bowl, mix turmeric powder, sugar and salt. Add eggplant and toss well. Place the eggplant slices on a plate and set aside for 5-6 minutes.

3. In a large pan, heat oil. Place the eggplant slices and fry both sides until crispy and golden brown. Place on a paper towel to drain excess oil.

Serving Suggestion ~ Khichdi / dal-chawal / roti and dal.

Notes and Tips
  • You can spice up the eggplants by adding red chilly powder and garam masala.
  • Use fat and long variety eggplants (the one used to make bhartha). You can also try with round purple brinjals but choose ones with less seeds.
  • Do not slice the brinjal too thin. It will cook fast and will not turn crisp. If you cut it too thick, it will take more time to cook.
  • Eggplants absorb lot of oil. To reduce the oil consumption, you can coat the slices lightly with rice flour.


  1. This looks perfect.. Good for snack too

  2. Never tried........... looks delicious!

  3. Wow!! Looks so tempting!! I love eggplants!! A must try ...

  4. It looks yummy and done perfectly.

  5. I have never made it but I remember my mom making it...aren't they it

  6. Lovely clicks Sona. This sounds so simple and easy, but looks very delicious and mouthwatering..

  7. Nice inviting clicks dear and the brinjal fry looks awesome..

  8. Hmm !!these look perfect...Handling camera at the best..

  9. Just pass on that plate dear... it is almost close to lunch time here and I am hungry... hehe...

  10. delicious snack with eggplant..yumm

  11. So delicious egg plant fry...... I too love to snack them.... :)

  12. I love anything with eggplants. Looks crispy, delicious and inviting pics dear.

  13. Yummy and delicious eggplant fry. Looks inviting and loved the first pic :)

  14. looks just delicious, i love to eat eggplant this way

  15. I love eggplant, and it takes on other flavours so well.

  16. Crispy and delicious, nice clicks..

  17. It's like a treat fr brinjal lovers such a simple method but vth ur presentation u gave a great looks.i need last pic,I mean that plate..heheheh


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