Begun Bhaja/ Aubergine fry

Brinjal – aubergine – egg plant, whatever you call it, it tastes the same. I remember those nights when mom used to fry aubergine. The smell loomed over the whole household. Aubergine fry or begun bhaja is one of my favorites. I love them with roti.

Yesterday when I went to the nearby supermarket, I saw a big placard hanging on top of the aubergine basket. It was a whole list of the nutrient contents of aubergine. I am not sure though that those nutrient value retains after deep frying. Navita had written a post on aubergine fry, you cannot fry aubergine in a different style but I have one ingredient more to let the aubergine absorb less oil.


Serves 4


Aubergine (Begun): 1 medium size

Turmeric powder (Halud Guro): ¼ teaspoon

Sugar (Chini): ¼ teaspoon

Mustard oil (Sarser Tel) for deep frying

Salt to taste


  • Cut the aubergine in 2 inches width circles
  • Put spices over the cut aubergine pieces
  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan , when fumes comes out of the oil fry the egg plants


Aubergine absorbs too much oil while frying, so it is best to wrap them with blotting paper before serving. It’s my mom’s tip to put little sugar which also helps the aubergine to absorb less oil.

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14 thoughts on “Begun Bhaja/ Aubergine fry

  1. Another easy tasty recipe. We made this yesterday and it was gone in a few minutes!! Luckily I had another begun in the fridge and quickly made another batch.
    Very authentic the smell is so lovely while cooking it had everyone running through to check what was on the stove.

  2. Dear Sudeshna!
    First of all, greetings and thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!
    Aubergines originated in India, didn’t they?
    They are very popular in Japan and France, my home country!
    I just love them in Indian food!
    A popular cooking way in Japan is to grill them first, peel the skin and serve them hot with ponzu (or soy sauce) and grated fresh ginger!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog..
    Will check ur recipes now. I have never tasted bengali food. It will be a good exp for me to try ur recipes too

  4. lol…i was laughing away at ur comment dear. just hve time now..n so bloggin away to
    btw u on a eggplant spree?? first morichut & now my fav bhaja…yum yum!

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