Air Fried Baingan Bhaja. Crispy, crunchy and delicious, this eggplant fry/baingan bhaja is a healthy alternative to traditional pan-fried eggplants. Perfectly seasoned, these eggplant discs go well as a side or appetizer. Vegan and gluten-free.
These eggplant discs or baingan bhaja is my favourite side with white rice and lentils. It always makes me nostalgic and I miss my parents home and my childhood so much. My mother used to make this Bengali eggplant fry for our Sunday lunches. I enjoyed baingan bhaja so much, and it's still my favourite.
What Type of Eggplant is Needed for Baingan Bhaja?
I always prefer to make this with large eggplants, however, if for some reason if you are not getting hold of it, use the biggest round or oval-shaped eggplant you get. Look for fleshy and eggplants with less seed/no seed.
It's amazing how cooked eggplant or baingan feels crispy from the outside and soft and delicate from the inside. Furthermore, air frying makes the eggplant sweeter and tastier.
How to Make it-
Rinse the eggplants and dry them with a paper towel. Slice them into round discs. Your discs shouldn't be either thick or thin. Then, rub these discs with spices like salt, turmeric powder, and red chilli powder. Keep them on the counter for 8-10 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the air fryer at 380 f for 5 minutes. Just before placing them in the air fryer, brush them with a little oil. Do not overcrowd the air fryer. Air fry them at 380 f for 3-4 minutes on each side. Time can vary depending on how many crisps you like or the thickness of your eggplant rounds. Check-in between. Then, remove from the air fryer and enjoy!
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Air Fried Baingan Bhaja/Eggplant Discs
- 6 Slice Eggplant
- ½ Tsp Turmeric Powder
- ½ Tsp Salt
- ½ Tsp Red Chili Powder
- ½ Tsp Tandoori Spice powder
- 1 Tbsp Oil for brushing the eggplant and air fryer.
- Wash and dry the eggplant .
- Slice them into round pieces. Try to make not too thick or thin pieces.
- Coat eggplant rounds with the spice mix and keep them aside.
- Pre heat air fryer on 380 f.
- Brush air fryer basket with oil .
- Brush eggplant discs with oil and air fry them on 380 f for 3 minutes each side.
- Your time can vary depending on your eggplant round thickness.
- Enjoy with a main of your choice.