Begun Bhaja Recipe (Bengali Style Spiced And Fried Aubergine Slices)
Begun Bhaja is a traditional Bengali style dish of delicately spiced slices of aubergine that are then fried to a crisp and usually served with a simple, homely meal. It is crunchy and spicy, making it a delicious party appetizers or side-dish for your party menu as well. This is one of the easiest and delectable appetizers recipe, which requires no time and very little effort. In keeping with Bengali culinary tradition, the slices of aubergine are usually fried in mustard oil which gives it a pungent hit of flavour, but you can use refined oil if that is what you are used to. This Begun bhaja makes an awesome side dish with for lunch on lazy weekends or a dinner to end a busy day.
Other recipes that you can try are:
- 1 Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant) , sliced into discs of 1 cm thickness
- 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
- 1 teaspoon Amchur (Dry Mango Powder)
- Salt , to taste
- Mustard oil , for shallow frying
How to make Begun Bhaja Recipe (Bengali Style Spiced And Fried Aubergine Slices)
To begin making Begun Bhaja, first make the spice mix. In a bowl, combine the chilli powder, turmeric, salt and lemon juice and mix well.
Slice the washed aubergine into thickish slices of 1 cm thickness. Lay them out in a wide bowl/dish or plate and add the prepared spice mix to it.
Mix the spice mix with the slices of aubergine, rubbing them with your fingers so they are evenly coated with the spice.
Now prepare to fry them. Place a pan/skillet on the heat and add mustard oil to it. It is important to heat mustard oil till it gets smoky as that emanates maximum flavour.
When the oil begins to smoke, reduce the heat to lowest and add the slices to the oil in the pan, arranging them in a single layer.
Fry them on a low-medium heat for 3-4 minutes on one side before you flip them to cook on the other side. Cook them until sufficiently golden on both sides.
Remove the slices individually, with a slitted spoon and serve immediately, when still hot.