Baingan Bhaja, Bengali Begun Bhaja

Baingan Bhaja, Bengali Begun Bhaja

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Amongst traditional Bengali recipes, Baingan Bhaja is an evergreen favourite. The original recipe involves shallow-frying the baingan in lots of oil till it is succulent and aromatic. We have tweaked the recipe smartly to get the same awesome results with minimal oil!

This recipe is a perfect example to show that diabetics can have any of their favourite dishes, provided they tweak the cooking style and ingredients appropriately to get the same fabulous taste and texture within acceptable calorie levels. You will enjoy the flavour of this Bengali Begun Bhaja, with its peppy blend of spice and tang!

Baingan Bhaja is a comforting side dish recipe to go with the Main Course .

Baingan Bhaja, Bengali Begun Bhaja recipe - How to make Baingan Bhaja, Bengali Begun Bhaja

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 3 servings
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18 big brinjal (baingan / eggplant) slices
2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup besan (bengal gram flour)
salt to taste
2 tsp oil for greasing and cooking

  1. Combine the chilli powder, turmeric powder, lemon juice, besan, salt and 2 tbsp of water in a deep bowl and mix well.
  2. Add the baingan slices and mix well. Keep aside.
  3. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle), grease it with ½ tsp of oil, arrange half the baingan slices and cook using ½ tsp of oil on both the sides till golden brown in colour.
  4. Repeat step 3 to make 1 more batch.
  5. Serve immediately.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy104 cal
Protein4 g
Carbohydrates12.2 g
Fiber6.8 g
Fat4.4 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium12.2 mg


Baingan Bhaja, Bengali Begun Bhaja
 on 17 Jan 19 11:02 PM

Can I use Cast iron tava instead of nonstick tava?
Tarla Dalal
18 Jan 19 09:50 AM
   Hi Kavita, We are afraid that it might stick to the bottom. You can try it though.
Baingan Bhaja, Bengali Begun Bhaja
 on 18 Jun 18 10:36 PM

Loved it!!! I am on a keto diet and this recipie was a Gr8 welcome after so many days... So savory, tasty and filling!! Even my husband who doesn''t like baingan, relished.
Tarla Dalal
21 Jun 18 10:01 AM
   Happy to know you loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking!
Baingan Bhaja, Bengali Begun Bhaja
 on 03 Feb 18 11:17 PM

Hi mam, can i bake this dish. At what temperature and time?
Tarla Dalal
06 Feb 18 09:05 AM
   Hi, You can bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 for 15- 20 minutes but the tava will give a better taste and texture...
Baingan Bhaja, Bengali Begun Bhaja
 on 25 Jan 16 05:19 PM

Baingan bhaja . .. really.. yummy. . Recipe. . Quick to make it.. when there is no subzi.. It perfectly spiced. . With spiciness and tangy taste ..