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…
- 1 large brinjal
- Rice flour, as required
- oil for roasting
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp dried mango powder / Amchur
- 1 tsp Garam Masala powder, (optional)
- ½ tsp Turmeric Haldi
- Salt to taste
- Wash the brinjal well and pat dry.Cut the top stalk.
- 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.
- Soak these slices in salted water for 15-20 minutes. This helps in removing the bitterness from brinjal.
- Drain and pat dry all the slices on a kitchen napkin or paper.
- Next take all the spices mentioned under " to marinate " in a wide vessel/ plate. Mix spices .
- 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.
- Heat a pan / tawa for roasting.Grease the tawa nicely .
- 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.
- 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.
- 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....
- 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.
GloriaAugust 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm
love this crispy baingan bhaja…looks yummy dear
Ramya VenkateswaranAugust 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm
love the presentation and this is my favorite
ChitraAugust 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm
I am yet to try this way ! Feel like grabbing it 🙂
Linsy PatelAugust 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm
Meena KumarAugust 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.
Sony PAugust 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm
Crispy and tempting baingan bhaja!
Priya ShivaAugust 4, 2014 at 4:43 pm
This looks tempting and love the way you have presented it!
Eliza LincyAugust 4, 2014 at 7:57 pm
Veggies cooked like this always makes me drool. Oh god i wanna taste this right now.
DeepikaMarch 29, 2020 at 7:03 am
Looks appetizing!! ???? can I bake it ?
Smitha KallurayaMarch 30, 2020 at 10:23 pm
Priya SureshAugust 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm
Am in love with this begun bhaja, hard to resist.
Beulah ArunAugust 5, 2014 at 3:23 am
Looks very delicious!
Poornima hegdeAugust 5, 2014 at 9:50 am
My favourite vegetable and dish looks perfect!
Jothi SastryAugust 5, 2014 at 11:48 am
Wow this looks awesome!!!!! Want to try this out!!!!
ShabbuAugust 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm
Looks delicious…nice recipe…
nandoos KitchenAugust 5, 2014 at 3:44 pm
yumm.. nice presentation..
mrkk08August 5, 2014 at 7:56 pm
Wow love the stack pic:-) looking delicious. Love the idea that its Grilled
Nalini SomayajiAugust 6, 2014 at 8:27 am
lovely creation …yemmy brinjal tawa fry …
MonuTeena RecipesPassionAugust 6, 2014 at 2:17 pm
crispy bangain slices yum
Shashi RanjanMay 13, 2015 at 1:24 pm
A tulsi leaf on top… did you offer it Lord Krishna
PradiptaMarch 6, 2017 at 10:33 am
This is one most preferred fries for any Bengali. I liked it so much.