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Fried Eggplant

9 Sep

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Begun Bhaja.

Begun bhaja is a famous Bengali dish made with eggplants. Eggplants are thickly sliced and coated with spices. The eggplant slices are then either deep fried or shallow fried till cooked. Begun bhaja is typically served with steamed rice or dal.
Makes: 5 Slices of Fried Eggplant.

Ingredients:

Italian or American / Globe Eggplant 1
Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1/2 tsp (optional)
Salt to taste
Mustard Oil 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Wash, remove ends and chop the eggplant into quarter inch thick slices.

Mix together turmeric powder, red chili powder (if using), salt and spread it on a plate.
Dip each eggplant slice into the powder and rub it on each side.

Heat oil in a flat pan on medium heat, carefully arrange the eggplant slices.
When one side of the egglant slices turn brown, slowly turn on other side.
Let the other side turn brown before removing from heat.
Serve fried eggplant with steamed rice or with dal.
Notes: Make sure to cook the eggplant well.

Suggestions: Make sure to chop the eggplant into thick slices. If eggplant is not cooked properly, cook them covered on low flame for couple of minutes before frying.
Variations: Also use black pepper powder in place of red chili powder. Green chile can also be placed on pan along with eggplant slices for some spice. Rice flour or corn flour can be added to the rub for a crunchier version.
Other Names: Begun bhaja, Fried eggplant, Begoon Bhaja.