The Bangladeshi Kitchen

Begun Bhaji – Fried Eggplant – 1

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40 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 30 minutes | Servings: 2-4

This is one of my go-to comfort foods. Very easy to make and you can experiment with spices to your taste.


  • One large egg plant sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garam masalla
  • 3 tbsp olive or mustard oil. The latter gives it an interesting (and tastey) pungency.
  • Additional oil to for frying


  • Mix all the spices with the oil
  • Cover both sides of the sliced egg-plant and set aside
  • Put a thin layer of oil on a frying pan over high heat
  • As soon as the oil appears to start smoking, put a single layer of eggplant into the pan (as much as can fit)
  • Turn down the heat and saute until almost cooked but not burned (5-7 minutes)
  • Flip and saute the other side.
  • You might need to add a little bit more oil and turn up the heat
  • Repeat until all the slices are cooked



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