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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Serves 4.
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Ingredients


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)

Method
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.

    Tips
    1. Pav bhaji masala is a spice blend which is readily available at most grocery stores.
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    manjiridNovember 19, 2010

    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! :)
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    Reviewed November 19, 2010by manjirid

    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! :)

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    Reviewed August 28, 2012by Foodie #569108

    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..

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    Reviewed March 22, 2012by Foodie #556808

    This is really awesome.it 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.

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