Monday, November 23, 2009

Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is a very popular street food served especially in the western part of India. I am reposting this post from one of my archives and sending it for the RCI MUMBAI event orgamized by Lakshmi event and Lakshmi. Read more about pav bhaji here.

Ingredients

For Bhaji:
4 medium sized potatoes
1/2 capsicum
1 carrot
1/2 beetroot
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup finely chopped french beans
1 medium onion
3/4 cup tomato paste or 3 tomatoes
1 1/2 teaspoon pav bhaji masala (I used Badshah Bombay Pav Bhaji Masala)
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 green chilies
1/2 teaspoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon garlic paste
1 teaspoon jeera or cumin seeds
4 pinches asafoetida or heeng

1 teaspoon chili powder or as per taste
1 tablespoon butter
salt as per taste
oil


Garnishing
1 medium onion
2 tablespoon pomegranate seeds (optional)
chopped coriander leaves or cilantro
lemon
1 teaspoon butter

For Pav
pav slices
butter for frying

Method
Boil the potato till soft. Finely chop the vegetables(carrots, beans, beetroot, peas) and boil them with very little water. Chop onion very finely. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. Add heeng, garlic paste and ginger. Add onions, chopped capsicum and finely chopped green chilies. Fry till the onions are light brown. Add tomato paste or chopped tomatoes and fry till the tomato is cooked. Add pav bhaji masala, garam masala, turmeric powder and chili powder. Fry for a minute and add all the vegetables. Cook uncovered till the vegetables are well coated with the masala. Peel and mash the boiled potatoes and add to the bhaji. Add water as per desired consistency. Stir and cook well till. Mash the bhaji with a masher. Add salt for taste and mix in butter.

Fry the pav on both sides with butter on a tava. To serve, garnish the bhaji with finely chopped onions and coriander leaves. Serve with a lemon wedge on the side.


Preparation time: 1 hour
Serves: 3-4

6 comments:

Sushma Mallya said...

one of my favourite snacks, i usually do it for dinner as its my family's fav too,looks too good supriya,nice idea to add even beetroot to it,

Gulmohar said...

First time here...and you have a great collection..Pav bhaji is my fav, anytime anywhere :-)

Divya Kudua said...

My favorite in chats..I can never have enough.Its always like..bhaiya extra pav..then bhaiya extra bhaji..lol:)Yours looks tempting!!

my kitchen said...

Perfect one,Want to taste it immedietly

Malar Gandhi said...

Nice chat food, good to make that at home...

Supriya said...

@ Sushma: Yeah, its so filling that we also have it mostly for dinner when I make it at home. Adding beetroot is my grandmom's idea as it gives it a nice color.
@Gulmohar: thanks and nice to read your note!
@Divya: I exactly know what you are saying :) Pav bhaji is my fav snack to have especially after long hours of shopping in India. My mouth is already watering now thinking about pav bhaji.