Pav Bhaji "The King of Street Foodies" delight is an answer to Dimsim of china and Hamburger of America. But the most wonderful thing about pav bhaji is that it tastes very tangy and fulfilling. The aromatic flavor of the famous Pav-Bhaji masala from the huge cast iron pan sizzles the appetite of millions everyday.
Pav means a "bun"( Marathi word) and Bhaji is a "mixture of boiled vegetables, cooked with a spicy masala".
Do check out Mumbai's very own Vada Pav and Eggless Pav.
Serves: 4, Preparation time: 30 minutes
3 Potatoes (boiled and mashed)
1 Carrot (chopped)
1 Capsicum (chopped)
Cauliflower -a few florets (chopped)
1 cup Cabbage (chopped)
1 cup Green peas
!/2 cup Beans (finely chopped)
3 Onions (finely chopped)
3 Tomatoes (ground to paste)
1 tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
11/2 tsp Green chilli paste
1 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric (haldi) powder
1 red Red chilli powder
3 tbsp Oil for frying
11/2 tbsp Pav bhaji masala
Salt to taste
pinch of Garam Masala (optional)
Butter 1 tbsp or as per your taste
1/4 cup fresh chopped Coriander leaves
1/4 cup finely chopped Onions
2 Lemon, cut into wedges
In a pressure cooker put cabbage, cauliflower, beans, green peas, carrot, 1tsp salt, 1 cup water and let it whistle on low flame.
Drain the extra water and mash all the vegetables with light hand. Keep it aside.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan (kadhai) and add onions, saute it till light pink. Add ginger-garlic-green chilli paste and saute for 2 minutes. Add coriander, chilli and haldi powder. Stir for a minute. Add tomato paste and mix well. Keep stirring till oil separates from the masala. Add chopped capsicum and saute for 2 minutes. Add mashed vegetables, pav-bhaji masala and salt along with the potatoes. Pour a glass of water, let it come to a boil on low flame. Cook till oil floats on top. Remove from heat and garnish the bhaji with a dash of butter, chopped coriander leaves, lemon wedges and chopped onion.
Slice each bun in half (horizontally) and pan/tawa fry with butter on both sides till pav is crispy and light brown.