Baingan Bhaja: Fried Eggplant Slices

8 Jun

Baingan bhaja is so easy to make that this post barely qualifies as a "recipe" – and yet it is one of those dishes of which the taste belies the simplicity.

A staple side dish with meals in a typical Bihari home, a quickly made add-on to liven up a dal-chawal-chokha meal. That’s baingan bhaja for you.

Baingan Bhaja: Fried Eggplant Slices

You Need:

  • Purple eggplant – 1 medium
  • Red chili powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt – to taste
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Mustard oil – for deep-frying

How To Make Baingan Bhaja:

Slit the eggplant vertically into four quarters. Then slice each quarter into 1/2 inch disks. Rub salt and turmeric powder onto the slices and keep aside for 30 minutes.

Eggplant Slices, Salted

After 30 minutes, the eggplant slices would have given off water. Drain the water from the eggplant slices , dab dry with tissue paper.

In a round-bottomed skillet or kadhai, heat mustard oil to smoking point.

Set heat to medium-low and slide in 2-3 eggplant slices at a time. Let them sizzle and fry. Turn around till they are cooked and browned evenly. Take the fried eggplant slices out of the kadhai and place onto absorbent paper. Cook in batches this way, till all are done.

Sprinkle red chili powder and mix.

Serve hot with rice, dal and vegetables.

Baingan Bhaja: Fried Eggplant Slices


You could try spice variations with bhaja – amchoor powder, coriander powder, etc. sprinkled on the eggplant slices before frying.

Looking for more purple eggplant recipes? Try the popular baingan bharta (smoky eggplant mash) or its no-onion variant aloo baingan bharta (potato eggplant mash).

One Response to “Baingan Bhaja: Fried Eggplant Slices”

  1. shanthi August 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM #

    Looking wonderful and tempting

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