Pav Bhaji ( Tiffin Treats for Kids )


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Pav bhaji, delectable bhaji in a spill-proof airtight container and buttery soft pavs in moisture preventing aluminum foil – remember to pack extra portions of this favored lunch box meal for your child and his friends.

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Soaking Time:  1 Hour
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Makes 4 servings
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For The Chilli-garlic Paste (makes Approx. 1/2 Cup)
10 to 12 whole dry kashmiri red chillies
8 to 10 cloves garlic (lehsun), roughly chopped

For The Bhaji
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tbsp chilli-garlic paste , recipe above
1/2 cup chopped capsicum
3/4 cup chopped onions
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 1/2 tbsp pav bhaji masala
salt to taste
1 cup boiled,peeled and chopped potatoes
1/2 cup chopped and blanched carrots
3/4 cup boiledand lightly mashed moong (whole green gram) sprouts
1/2 cup green peas , boiled and lightly mashed
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)

For The Pav
8 ladi pav
8 tsp butter for cooking

For the chilli-garlic paste

  1. Soak the red chillies in enough warm water for atleast an hour.
  2. Drain the chillies, add the garlic and blend in a mixer till smooth, adding enough water. Keep aside.

For the bhaji

  1. Heat the oil and 1 tbsp of butter in a kadhai and add the cumin seeds.
  2. When the seeds crackle, add the chilli-garlic paste and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  3. Add the capsicum and sauté on a medium flame for a minute.
  4. Add the onions and sauté on a medium flame till they turn light pink in colour.
  5. Add the tomatoes, chilli powder, pav bhaji masala, salt and ½ cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes or till the oil separates.
  6. Add the potatoes, moong sprouts, green peas, coriander, ½ cup of water and remaining 1 tbsp of butter and cook on a medium flame for 5 to 7 minutes, while stirring continuously.

For the pav

  1. Slit 2 pavs vertically and keep aside.
  2. Heat a tava (griddle), add 2 tsp of butter.
  3. Slit open the pavs, place on it and cook on a medium flame till they turn light brown and crisp on both the sides.

Handy tips:

  1. Pav bhaji masala is a spice blend, which is readily available under different brand names at most grocery stores.
  2. You can store the remaining chilli-garlic paste in deep freezer for later use.
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