pav bhaji masala

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Pav Bhaji also transliterated as Pao Bhaji is a fast food dish native to Maharashtra and is popular in most metropolitan areas in India, and particularly in the Maharshtrian city of Mumbai. In Marathi pav means bread and bhaji, which is a term for a curry and vegetable dish. The serving of pav bhaji consists of the bhaji (a potato based curry) and the pav (bread) garnished with coriander and chopped onions. Pav is a type of bread, high in carbohydrates and fats (if served with butter); while bhaji is the vegetable-based curry portion, high in carbohydrates and proteins.

Pav bhaji masala is the blend of spices like red chilli, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black pepper, cinnamon, clove, black cardamom, dry mango powder, Fennel seeds, turmeric powder that took Mumbai by storm. From its humble origins in the by-lanes of Mumbai, it has become a 'must' on menus in 5-STAR restaurants and celebrity weddings. Dished out in the far-flung corners of the country, it has acquired the status of a foremost vegetarian recipe.

How to Select
Choose from the various brands available in the market. Read the label and verify the manufacturing as well as the expiry date for maximum freshness. Also, many home made freshly pound masala is available, purchase small packet and check the taste. Always choose small packets for utmost benefit.

Culinary Uses
· Pav bhaji Masala added to mashed vegetables gives a mouth watering spicy taste to the bhaji. Pav Bhaji is popular as a snack or a meal, this easy-to-cook dish enjoys a special place in the hearts of house wives.
· Apart from Pav bhaji, the masala can be added to vegetable cuisine that uses potatoes, tomatoes and capsicums.
· Also if you want to add that zest to your rice, add pav bhaji masala. You can try Dum Aloo also.
· Slit the pavs in between and toast them on a pan smeared with butter. Add pav bhaji masala to your Pav in combination with finely chopped onions and capsicum with the bold, zesty flavor of these pav bhaji masala, garlic and Masala Pav is ready to be relished.

How to Store
Once opened, store it in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Do not store after the expiry date is over, as it might give an undesirable flavour.

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