Begun Bhaja, Baingan Bhaja, another dish that I had tried from the Bengali cuisine, some time back. It's a simple and tasty dish, we use the big eggplants for this, the slices are marinated in spice powders, dusted with some rice flour and shallow fried. It tastes very good with rice and some dal/lentil curry, but of course it can be served with rotis too..
Need To Here
- Eggplant - 1 medium size
- Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
- Red Chilly Powder - 1 teaspoon
- Amchur, Dry Mango Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
- Garam Masala - 1/2 teaspoon
- Rice Flour - to coat the slices
- Salt to taste
Original recipe here.
Slice the eggplant and leave it in water for about 1/2 hour. Then remove the slices, add the turmeric, chilly, amchur powders, garam masala and salt, mix it and leave for about 15 minutes.
Then take the rice flour in a plate, coat the eggplant slices on both sides with it.
Shallow fry the slices till golden brown on both sides, drain the excess oil on a napkin and serve it hot.
We can fry the eggplants without the rice flour too, but the rice flour gives a crispy texture.
This tastes best when served hot, the crispiness is lost as it turns cold.