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Pav Bhaji--Populr Indian Street food- Back to the Roots


Pav Bhaji is very popular Bombay Street food. It actually needs no introduction. The one meal that takes little time and woks well with anything and everything you have on hand. The one party food that can work with kids as well as elders and all in presence. I had blogged about Pav Bhaji before. But since The post and pictures were not good enough, it's a repeat performance here. The recipe has the potential to stretch the buck in case of an Emergency....like for a party, all u need is to add boiled veggies and potato and extra pav bhaji masala. I will not rant much about my love for Pav Bhaji...but will give you the recipe instead.

Prep time;  approx 20 mins to chop the veggies
Boiling veggies; 10 minutes
Cooking the bhaji; 10 -15 mins
**Do not get overwhelmed with the longer prep time, its all very easy as it all gets mashed up finally.
Serves 4

 You will need;

Store brought double roti/pav or sandwich rolls

For the bhaji/vegetable

1 no. Tomato(chopped)
3 medium Onion(chopped)
1 no. Bell pepper(chopped)

Cook in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles
1 cup Potato(chopped)
1 and 1/2 cup Vegetables(cauliflower, cabbage, carrots mixed-- chopped)
1/2 cup Peas
1/2 beetroot-grated

Tempering;
2 tbspn oil/butter
2 tsps. Pav Bhaji Masala
1 tsp. Red chili powder/cayeene pepper powder
1/2 tsp. Ginger(grated)
1/2tsp. Garlic(crushed)



½ tspn. Lemon juice and Cilantro(to garnish)
Salt to taste
Note** use 2 tbspn Butter/Vegetable Oil(to shallow fry)-- Use butter for a unique taste.. but Oil works well.

Keep aside 1/2 chopped onion for garnishing. Cook mixed vegetables, potatoes and peas in a pressure cooker. Don't add too much water while cooking. After the vegetables are done, drain and mash them coarsely. Keep the water and use as stock later on....run the boiled veggies through a stick blender to mash them. On medium heat, in a wider wok/pan, heat butter/ oil in a pan and fry onion and ginger/garlic. When onions turn translucent, add bell peppers and tomatoes. Continue frying till it turns soft. Now add Pav Bhaji Masala, chili/cayenne powder, salt and fry for another couple of minutes. Now you can add the mashed vegetables. Turn up the heat and continue stirring till everything is well incorporated. use the reserved stock if the mixture starts sticking to the bottom.
Cut Pavs/sandwich rolls in half horizontally and lightly coat it with butter. Roast them on hot pan or griddle just before serving. Garnish Bhaji with chopped coriander leaves, chopped onions, little butter and 1/2 tsp lemon juice.


Enjoyyyy and if you have any leftovers spread it on the pav and roast it with butter and have masala pav next day!!!!!!!!

 Sending this to Anusha Street Food event






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