Khada Pav Bhaji, Restaurant Style Pav Bhaji by Tarla Dalal

Khada Pav Bhaji, Restaurant Style Pav Bhaji by Tarla Dalal

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Khada’ mean whole and not mashed, which explains the difference between this and the regular pav bhaji. Although it has the same tongue-tickling and invigorating taste, the veggies are not mashed to a pulp in this variant. This gives a different consistency and mouth-feel to the dish, while also letting you enjoy the singular taste of each veggie that goes into the bhaji.


Recipe Description for Khada Pav Bhaji, Restaurant Style Pav Bhaji

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Makes 4 servings
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For The Khada Bhaji
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp garlic (lehsun) paste
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped capsicum
1/2 cup boiled cauliflower florets
1/2 cup boiled green peas
1 1/2 cups boiled potato cubes
2 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 1/2 tbsp pav bhaji masala
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped coriander (dhania)
2 tsp lemon juice

For The Buttered Pavs
4 tbsp butter
2 tsp pav bhaji masala
8 ladi pavs

For Serving
1/2 cup chopped onions
lemon wedges


For the khada bhaji

  1. Heat the butter in a deep non-stick pan, add the garlic paste and onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the capsicum and tomatoes, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the cauliflower, green peas, potatoes, chilli powder, pav bhaji masala, turmeric powder, salt and 1 cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes, while mashing it lightly with a masher. Do not mash it too much as we need whole vegetables.
  4. Switch off the flame, add the coriander and lemon juice and mix well. Keep aside.

For the buttered pavs

  1. Slit all the ladi pavs.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of butter in a non-stick tava (griddle) , put ½ tsp pav bhaji masala, place 2 slit ladi pavs on it and cook on a medium flame till it turns golden brown in colour from both the sides.
  3. Repeat step 2 to cook 6 more ladi pavs in 3 more batches.

How to serve

  1. Just before serving, re-heat the khada bhaji and serve with pavs, onions and lemon wedges.

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