Pav Bhaji

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A hurried meal for the man in the street. This is a spicy blend of vegetables in tomato gravy served with pav that is cooked with butter. This is truly an innovation that arose out of the necessity of providing a nice hot meal in a hurry and one that tickles the taste buds. When I am lazy to cook on an entire meal for my family, pav bhaji in one of the first few dishes which comes to mind. It is easy to cook and also filling. Round it off with a slice of kulfi or a scoop of ice-cream

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Serves 4.
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For the pav
8 ladi pavs
4 tbsp butter
1 tsp pav bhaji masala (optional)

For the bhaji
1 1/2 cups potatoes, boiled and mashed
1 cup cauliflower, finely chopped
1/2 cup green peas
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup capsicum, finely chopped
2 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 1/2 tbsp pav bhaji masala
1/2 tsp black salt (sanchal)
4 tbsp butter

To be ground into a chilli-garlic paste
3 to 4 whole dry kashmiri red chillies , soaked in warm water
4 to 6 cloves garlic (lehsun)

For serving
1 large sized onion, chopped
4 lemon wedges
1 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)

For the bhaji

  1. Boil the cauliflower, peas and carrots till they are soft. Drain out the excess water.
  2. Heat the butter in a large pan, add the onion and capsicum and sauté for 2 minutes. Then, add the prepared chilli-garlic paste and sauté till the onion softens.
  3. Add the tomatoes and simmer till the oil separates.
  4. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, pav bhaji masala, black salt and salt and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Add the boiled vegetables and potatoes and mash thoroughly using a potato masher, adding ½ cup of water if required.

For the pav

  1. Slice each pav into 2 horizontally. Apply a little butter to each side and sprinkle with a little pav bhaji masala, if desired.
  2. Heat a large tava and cook the pav on both sides till the pieces are lightly browned.

How to proceed

  1. Serve the hot bhaji on 4 individual plates and top with the onion and coriander.
  2. Serve with the hot pav and lemon wedges.

    1. Pav bhaji masala is a spice blend which is readily available at most grocery stores.

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    Pav Bhaji
     on 13 Dec 15 01:18 PM

    directions were perfect. Made excellent pav bhaji breakfast for the whole family. Tastes much better than popular roadside stalls
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    Tarla Dalal    Ishita, we are delighted you loved the recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback.
    14 Dec 15 09:20 AM
    Pav Bhaji
     on 22 Jul 15 09:53 PM

    Love this recipe. Absoultely loved the receipe the taste has came out well.
    Pav Bhaji
     on 11 Mar 15 08:27 PM

    The bestest recipe by far. all tnx to tarla mam.
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    Pav Bhaji
     on 28 Aug 12 10:12 AM

    This recipe turned out to be quite good. I have eaten pav bhaji several times but never liked it that much. I think I will stick to this recipe for any pav bhaji cravings :); now that I can finally say that I do like pav bhaji..
    Pav Bhaji
     on 22 Mar 12 10:23 PM

    This is really was ver easy to make and my family relished it. Thanks a lot Tarlaji for making life simpler. I have tried numerous recipes and all were fantastic.
    Pav Bhaji
     on 19 Nov 10 12:10 AM

    I have tried various Pav Bhaji recipes and this one is by far the best! Its well spiced and thankfully not too heavy. Its a delight to see the butter melt on the bhaji, and the bhaji melt in your mouth! Absolutely Yummmy! :)