Baingan Bhaja, Bengali Begun Bhaja

Baingan Bhaja, Bengali Begun Bhaja

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Amongst traditional Bengali recipes, Baingan Bhaja recipe is an evergreen favourite. The original recipe of Bengali begun bhaja involves shallow-frying the baingan in lots of oil till it is succulent and aromatic. Learn how to make healthy begun bhaja.

Making healthy eggplant snack is very easy. Make a batter out of besan with a host of common spice powder and water. Dip the brinjal slices in it. Cook these batter coated slices on a tava in minimal oil.

Baingan Bhaja is a comforting snack or you can evern serve it as a side dish recipe to go with the Main Course.You will enjoy the flavour of this Bengali Begun Bhaja, with its peppy blend of spice and tang!

We have tweaked the recipe of this baingan bhaja smartly to get the same awesome results with minimal oil! The result is healthy eggplant snack. This recipe is a perfect example to show that one 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.

A slice of this healthy eggplant snack yields only 14 calories, so it’s a perfect for a low carb delicacy. Along with this it lends 1 g of fiber per slice too. This makes it suitable for weight-watchers, diabetics, heart patients and even PCOS.

The anthocyanins present in brinjal will help to reduce the free radical attack in the body and reduce inflammation. Thus Bengali begun bhaja can be included in a cancer diet plan too.

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

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 18 pieces
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Ingredients


For Baingan Bhaja
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

Method
For baingan bhaja

    For baingan bhaja
  1. To make baingan bhaja, 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 the baingan bhaja immediately.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy43 cal
Protein1.5 g
Carbohydrates4.6 g
Fiber3 g
Fat2.1 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium4.3 mg
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How to make baingan bhaja

  1. To make baingan bhaja recipe | Bengali begun bhaja | healthy eggplant snack | how to make healthy begun bhaja, wash the brinjal and chop off the stalk. Make use of a large thick variety of brinjal for the baingan bhaja recipe. Ensure it is not very heavy in weight. Because heavyweight indicates more seeds. Slice the washed aubergine into thick slices of 1-2 cm thickness. Cut them uniformly to cook them evenly. Keep aside.
  2. For the coating of Bengali begun bhaja, combine the chilli powder.
  3. Add turmeric powder.
  4. Add lemon juice.
  5. Add besan. Many people even make use of rice flour to give a crispy texture to the healthy eggplant snack.
     
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  6. Add salt and ¼ cup of water.
  7. Mix well and keep aside. You can use a whisk or a spoon.
  8. Add the baingan slices.
  9. Mix well rubbing the spice mix with your fingers so the brinjal slices are evenly coated. Our coating mixture for authentic Bengali begun bhaja is ready. Keep aside.
  10. To cook baingan bhaja, heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and grease it with ½ tsp of oil. For an authentic Bengali flavour, make use of mustard oil instead of regular vegetable oil.
  11. Arrange few baingan slices on the hot tava. You can also arrange half the baingan slices at a time if you have a big tava.
  12. Drizzle ½ tsp of oil on and around the brinjal slices.
  13. Cook the begun bhaja on both the sides till golden brown in colour.
  14. Remove the baingan slices individually and transfer to a plate.
  15. Repeat step 10 to 14 and cook 1 more batch of baingan bhaja.
  16. Serve baingan bhaja immediately. You can make a wide variety of healthy dishes using brinjals like Baingan Methi Subzi and Grilled Eggplant in Olive Oil and Sea Salt.

Healthy Begun Bhaja - A Low Carb Snack

  1. Healthy Begun Bhaja - A healthy snack for Low Carb, weight loss and PCOS.  A slice of this healthy eggplant snack yields only 14 calories, so it’s a perfect for a low carb delicacy. Along with this it lends 1 g of fiber per slice too. 
  2. You can opt for 2 slices and not more than 3 when on weight loss or low carb diet. 
  3. The fiber from brinjal will aid in avoiding that quick raise in blood sugar levels and help in weight loss. Perfect for Indian pcos recipe
  4.  Women with PCOS and lactating mothers on weight loss plan can snack on this healthy Bengali recipe to stay satiated and avoid reaching out for fried snacks. Good for pcos for weight loss and high fibre pcos recipe.
  5. Senior citizens can also indulge into this snacks as it is easy to chew.
  6. Cancer patients with mouth sores can control the amount of chilli powder added to the batter and go ahead and enjoy it.
  7. Brinjal has a  glycemic index low on the scale and besan used to make the batter helps manage blood sugar levels. Thus diabetics can take delight in this snack too.
  8. People with arthritis who are hunting for a non-fried snack, can also try their hand at this snack.
  9. Though it’s a Bengali snack, try and use olive oil used for cooking to gain in some MUFA (mono unsaturated fatty acids) which is needed for a healthy heart.

Reviews

Baingan Bhaja, Bengali Begun Bhaja
 on 18 Aug 20 05:00 PM
5

I am searching for LOW PROTEIN Indian recipes for RENAL PROBLEMS. Is there a recipe book? Or where should I search on the I/Net. What is the best LOW PROTEIN DAL? Thanks
Tarla Dalal
18 Aug 20 06:03 PM
   Dals are protein rich. The best is to control the amount of protein consumed per day. Your dietitian is the best person to advise on this, since renal diets are very individualistic.
Baingan Bhaja, Bengali Begun Bhaja
 on 17 Jan 19 11:02 PM
5

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
5

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
5

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
5

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