Friday, February 14, 2014

Pav Bhaji

"Pav Bhaji"
Pav Bhaji is one of those dishes which is not only very close to my heart, also has a lot of emotions attached, the first complete dish that I had very cooked, I not only love eating it but also love cooking it.

Pav Bhaji is a very common street food across Mumbai but has gained popularity across borders. Its a spicy, tangy and a very wholesome dish prepared with boiled mashed vegetables, loaded with tomatoes generously spiced, usually cooked in butter. Served along with buttered buns commonly known as Pav along with a dollop of butter topped with onion and a wedge of lemon.


For Bhaji

Potato, cubed - 2 medium
Cauliflower, chopped - 1 cup
Green peas - 1 cup
Capsicum, chopped - 1 medium
Onion, chopped - 2 medium
Tomato, chopped - 3 medium
Spring onion (green onion,chopped - 1 cup
Garlic, grated- 1 tablespoon
Red chilli powder - 1
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Pav bhaji masala - 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoon
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tablespoon

For serving

Pav - 6-8 pieces
Butter  - to toast pav
Onion, chopped or sliced - 1 medium
Lemon wedges - 3-4
Coriander, chopped - 3-4 tablespoon


Keep aside 2 tablespoons of grated cauliflower and 2 tablespoons of capsicum.

Clean and wash all the vegetables, cook the cauliflower, potatoes and green peas in a pressure cooked along with 1 cup of water, turmeric powder and salt until tender (approximately 3 whistles). Once all the steam is released from the preassure cooker open the lid and give it a good mash.

Heat oil in a kadhai add the chopped onion and fry for 2 minutes and add the grated garlic mix well , add red chilli powder and fry for another 2 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes and fry for 4-5 minutes or until the tomato turns tender. Add the cooked tomato to the mashed vegetables and mix well.

Add the chopped capsicum and mix well, and add the chopped spring onions mix well and cook for 4-5 minutes and  add pav bhaji masala, if required add some water and let it cook for another 6-8 minutes on low flame.

Turn off the heat and add chopped coriander.Serve hot along with buttered pav chopped onion and lemon wedge.


The most important ingredient to make Pav bhaji is the pav bhaji masala, and this is available under various brand names and can be brought across the counter at any Indian grocery store.

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