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Borani Banjan Recipe (Afghan Fried Eggplants)

Borani Banjan Recipe

Borani Banjan

Borani Banjan is one of the most popular dish from Afghanistan. Like many Afghan dishes, Borani Banjan is mild yet full of flavor. It is made of eggplants, tomatoes, garlic and spices and served with yogurt sauce. Borani Banjan is served as a main dish or a side dish. It is usually served with flat bread but is also delicious with white Basmati rice.

Borani Banjan

Borani Banjan

Yogurt and Garlic Sauce

Yogurt and Garlic Sauce

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

40 min

55 min

Serves 4 to 6 People


  • 2 medium Eggplants
  • 2 medium Tomatoes
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper, ground
  • Dried Mint, for garnish
  • Cayenne Pepper, for garnish (optional)
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt

Eggplant Instructions

  1. Slice the eggplants into half inch slices. Liberally salt each side of the eggplant slices.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, heat oil over a medium heat. Fry the eggplants until golden brown but still firm in the center. Place the eggplants onto a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  3. In a separate sauce pan, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over a medium heat. Add 2 cloves of minced garlic and fry until golden brown. Add chopped tomatoes, paprika, turmeric and salt. Cook until tomato is completely softened (about 5 to 7 minutes).
  4. Add about 1/4 cup of water. Cover the pan and simmer on low heat for approximately ten minutes.

Yogurt Sauce Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix Greek yogurt, 1 clove of minced garlic, and salt.
  2. Store in the fridge until ready to serve

Serving Instruction

  1. Add a thin layer of the yogurt mixture onto a large serving plate. Place the eggplants on top and spread the tomato sauce evenly over the eggplants. Pour another layer of the yogurt mixture. Garnish with dried mint and cayenne pepper. Enjoy!


Aida on January 27, 2019:

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Love fried eggplants!

TravelAfghanistan (author) on March 20, 2018:

Hi Pamela,

Thanks for the tip. It’s also best to buy eggplants fresh and use them right away.

Pamela on March 19, 2018:

I think the eggplant taste better if I salt pieces both sides, let them set 20 minutes, rinse with cold water so as to limit the acidic taste

TravelAfghanistan (author) on January 27, 2018:

You spread the tomato sauce over the fried eggplants during assembly when you're ready to serve.

Val R. on December 21, 2015:

I can't wait to try this. When does the eggplant come together with the tomato sauce? When cooking the sauce! Or during assembly?

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