Bahari Begun

    Bengali cuisine has a rich use of eggplants. This recipe makes a delicious and easy eggplant recipe. The mustard and poppy seeds pastes give a special edge to the dish! Serve with plain pulao or rice.


    Dhaka, Bangladesh
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    • 1 big eggplant
    • Salt as needed
    • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
    • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
    • 2 tablespoons of onion slices
    • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic paste
    • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger paste
    • 1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon of poppy seeds paste
    • 1/2 teaspoon of mustard paste
    • 1 teaspoon of sugar
    • Water as needed


    1. Slice the eggplant in thick round slices.
    2. Cover with eggplant slices with salt and turmeric powder.
    3. Heat a pan with oil and fry the eggplant slices. Set aside the fried eggplants
    4. In the same pan, add the onion slices, garlic and ginger pastes, red chili powder, salt, poppy seeds paste, mustard paste and sugar. Add just a bit of water and cook until the water dries up and the oil starts to float on top.
    5. Now add the sliced eggplants, one at a time. Cover the eggplant slices with the gravy by slowly stirring and turning over the eggplant sides.
    6. Cook for 5-6 minutes.
    7. Serve with rice or pulao.

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