How to Prepare Begun Bhaji

Begun bhaji is simply fried eggplant or fried aubergine. Best served as a side dish. It’s commonly found in Bangladeshi restaurants especially in Birmingham and Bristol for some reason. 

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Serves: 3-4; Preparation time: 10 minutes; Cooking time: 30 minutes; Total time; 40 minutes.



  • In a medium sized bowl, mix all the spices and add the oil.
  • In a flat ovenproof dish, place the aubergine/begun slices and marinade with this mix.
  • Make sure you cover both sides of the sliced egg-plant and set aside
  • Add a small amount of oil into frying pan and place on high heat
  • As soon as the oil appears to start smoking, put a single layer of eggplant into the pan or as much as can be fitted suitably
  • Turn down the heat and sauté until almost cooked but not burned. This takes about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Flip each one and continue to saute the other side.
  • You might need to add a little bit more oil and also turn up the heat
  • Repeat until all the slices are cooked
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