Tel Begun Recipe – Easy Eggplant Curry


Bengali RecipesQuick to CookVegetarian

Tel Begun or Spicy Eggplant Curry is an authentic Bengali vegetarian recipe. It is a very easy to make eggplant curry cooked with lots of mustard oil and some spices and tastes really delicious. It tastes great when you have it with steamed rice.

Image : Tel Begun

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  • Preparation Time : 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time : 30 minutes
  • Total Time : 40 minutes
  • Serve For : 4

Ingredients : 

  • Eggplant or Begun (2 medium size) /cut into big cubes
  • Mustard Oil (6-8 tbsp)
  • Onion (2 medium size) /finely chopped
  • Tomato (1 big)
  • Crushed Garlic (1 tbsp)
  • Green Chilli (2)
  • Panch Phoron or Bengali Five Spice (1/2 tsp) /for tempering
  • Cumin Powder (1 tsp)
  • Coriander Powder (1 tsp)
  • Turmeric Powder (1 tsp)
  • Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder (1 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Sugar (1/2 tsp)
  • Chopped Coriander Leaves (2 tbsp)
  • Water (1 cup)

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Cut the eggplant and coat them with salt and turmeric powder

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Fry them very well

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Drain oil and keep aside

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Add panch phoron into the same oil

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Add crushed garlic

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Add chopped onion

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Add chopped tomato and green chilli

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Add all the dry spices and salt

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Cook until oil leaves from the sides

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Add some water

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Add sugar and cook for 4-5 minutes

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Add the fried eggplants

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Stir gently

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Add chopped coriander leaves

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Combine well and switch off the flame

tel begun 17Tips : 

  • Do not stir the curry often after adding fried eggplants, or it will become mushy.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice.

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