Baingan Bhaja (Bengali-style fried eggplant) using mustard oil

  • Jul 21, 2023
  • By Arun Kumar
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Discover the delightful flavors of Baingan Bhaja, a traditional Bengali-style fried eggplant dish that will tantalize your taste buds with every bite. Made with love and seasoned to perfection, this culinary masterpiece is a perfect fusion of texture, taste, and aroma.

Baingan Bhaja starts with succulent eggplant slices that are generously coated with a blend of aromatic spices, including turmeric, cumin, and a pinch of garam masala. What sets this dish apart is the use of pungent mustard oil, infusing it with an authentic Bengali essence that truly elevates the experience.

As the eggplant slices sizzle in the hot mustard oil, they transform into crispy, golden-brown pieces that offer a delightful crunch with each mouthful. The mustard oil not only adds a distinct tang but also brings its numerous health benefits, making Baingan Bhaja a wholesome and indulgent treat.

Whether served as a side dish or a standalone snack, Baingan Bhaja is a versatile delight that complements any meal. It's the epitome of comfort food that transports you to the bustling streets of Bengal, filled with tantalizing aromas and unmatched culinary traditions.

Savor the richness of Bengali cuisine with Baingan Bhaja, where the earthy eggplant meets the boldness of mustard oil, leaving you craving for more. Don't miss the chance to savor this timeless delicacy, a true symphony of flavors that captures the essence of Bengali culinary heritage.


  • 2 large eggplants (baingan), sliced into rounds
  • 4 tablespoons mustard oil
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder 
  • teaspoon coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing


  • Cut the baingan into rounds that are neither too thick nor too thin. Please soak the slices in salt water for 10-15 minutes. After patting the slices of baingan dry, drain the water.
  • Sprinkle salt, sugar, red chili powder, turmeric powder, and on the slices of baingan. 
  • You can add amchur powder and garam masala powder. 
  • Combine the ground spices, then evenly distribute it over the slices. Put them apart.
  • Heat 3–4 tablespoons of mustard oil in a pan. On a plate, place the rice flour. Dust off any excess rice flour after evenly coating each slice with it.
  • Place the baingan bhaja on paper towels as they are being fried so that the extra oil may be absorbed.

Point to be noted

  • Once sliced, baingan slices quickly lose their color. Therefore, you should either utilize the cut pieces immediately or place them in a water bowl.
  • Baingans are not all acrid. It is better to soak the slices in salted water to remove the bitterness. 
  • As a snack, baingan bhaja goes well with curd, chutney, or your personal sauce of choice. You can use this in a sandwich with cheese.
  • They go fantastically as a side dish with dal, rice, or pretty much any Indian food!


Baingan Bhaja, the Bengali-style fried eggplant infused with the distinct flavor of mustard oil, is a culinary masterpiece that showcases the rich traditions and tastes of Bengal. With its golden, crispy texture and aromatic blend of spices, this dish is a delightful journey for your palate.

Whether you're a connoisseur of Bengali cuisine or a curious food enthusiast, Baingan Bhaja is a must-try delicacy that will leave a lasting impression. Its simplicity yet complexity of flavors, all brought together by the unique use of mustard oil, make it an unforgettable culinary experience.

So, venture into the world of Bengali gastronomy and savor the incredible taste of Baingan Bhaja. Relish the fusion of tender eggplant, tantalizing spices, and the unmistakable tang of mustard oil that will transport you to the heart of Bengal with every bite.

Indulge in the wholesome and aromatic symphony of flavors, and let Baingan Bhaja become a staple in your culinary adventures. Whether shared with loved ones or enjoyed in solitude, this dish is sure to create fond memories and leave you yearning for more. So, gather your ingredients, fire up the stove, and embark on a gastronomic journey with Baingan Bhaja - a dish that embodies the soul of Bengali cuisine.

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