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Begun Pora | Bengali Baingan Bharta | Bengali Roasted Eggplant Mash

Begun Pora (Bengali Baingan Bharta) is an utterly delicious Bengali recipe made with roasted eggplant. Begun pora is very simple and quick to prepare and makes a healthy and wholesome meal when served with roti or rice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: Bengali, Indian
Keyword: baingan bharta without cooking, baingan ka bharta, begun pora, mustard oil, roasted eggplant dip, roasted eggplant on stove
Servings: 4 people
Author: Arpita@Gastronomic Bong


  • 2 medium Eggplants/Begun/Aubergine washed
  • 1 medium Tomato washed
  • 2-3 Green chillies
  • 1 small Onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup Coriander leaves chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp Mustard Oil plus extra to rub the eggplant and tomato with oil


  • Firstly score the eggplants with a knife and rub it with some mustard oil and salt. Now put it in medium-low open flame on a gas burner. I placed the eggplants on a chapati roasting net and covered the stove base with some aluminium foil to catch the drippings from the eggplant. ***For alternative chek notes.
  • Roast the eggplants for 20 to 25 minutes or until cooked through and soft. Prick it with a knife or fork to check the doneness.
  • The skin will be completely charred but it add a lovely smoky flavour to the dish. Take it off the heat and let it cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile rub some mustard oil on the tomato and roast on medium-low open flame.
  • Remove the charred skin off the eggplants and scoop out the velvety flesh of the eggplant and mash it lightly with a fork.
  • Similarly remove the charred skin of the tomato and chop it finely.
  • Now to the roasted eggplant add the roasted tomato, onion, green chiles, coriander leaves, mustard oil and salt. Mix everything very well with your fingers.
  • Enjoy it with Rice or Roti.


***Roast Eggplant/Begun in oven
Wash and dry the eggplant. Then pierce the eggplant all over with a knife or fork. I roasted the eggplant in my oven. Grill the eggplant turning every 5 mins. Grill until its is soft and tender. 
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