Pav bhaji


Sometime ago, in a food magazine, I read that a food vendor invented Pav bhaji using leftover veggies as a meal for Mumbai’s textile mill workers. Today it’s one of the most popular fast foods. So inspiring !! Initially I wasn’t fond of pav bhaji but started loving it after I had at my friend’s place. The taste was so different. Then I realized that original taste can only come by following certain tips and the right ingredients. For example – must use bright red tomatoes, tomatoes must not be sour, proportions must be balanced, ingredients must be properly smashed, must not use too much water during boil etc.

Keep getting inspired, don’t be afraid to experiment, keep trying, enjoy !

Pav bhaji

Pav bhaji

Ingredients

  1. Chopped green beans  –  half cup
  2. Cauliflower  –  half cup
  3. Finely chopped cabbage  –  half cup
  4. Green peas  –  half cup
  5. Finely chopped onions  –  three-fourth cup
  6. Finely chopped tomatoes  –  two cups
  7. Potatoes  –  two medium sized
  8. Ginger garlic paste  –  one tbsp
  9. Red chilli paste   –  three to four tbsp (soak dry red chilli in hot water for 15 mins and make a fine paste)
  10. Butter  –  three tbsp
  11. Pav bhaji masala  –  one to two tsp depends on spice level you need

Procedure

Boil potato, beans, cabbage, peas, cauliflower till they are soft and drain excess water.(I boiled in pressure cooker).Heat a butter in a pan, add onions and capsicum fry saute until soft (approximately 2 mins). Then add ginger garlic paste, chilli paste and tomatoes. Cook until soft and oil separates on medium flame. Now add pav bhaji masala, salt and cook for one minute. Now add boiled vegetables and mash thoroughly with

Heat butter in a pan, add onions and capsicum. Saute until soft (approximately 2 mins). Then add ginger garlic paste, chilli paste and tomatoes. Cook until soft and oil separates (on medium flame). Now add pav bhaji masala, salt and cook for one minute. Now add boiled vegetables and mash thoroughly with potato masher. If required add little water and cook for few more minutes.

Slice the pav into two halves and apply butter to each side and toast on both sides.

Serve with hot pav and lime wedge…

Quantity

Serves three

Time

 25 mins

Expiry

One day

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