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.
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
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.
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.