Pav bhaji is a popular Indian street food, especially in Mumbai which is very delicious, flavorful and a tasty snack. It is a spicy combination of mixed vegetable bhaji (curry) served with a pav-soft buttered bread roll, along with crunchy onions and lemon. Pav bhaji is one of the street foods which is loved by all age groups. Pav bhaji can be served as a snack or as a quick meal.
You can use any vegetables of your choice to prepare bhaji. The common vegetables used are carrot, beans, cauliflower, potato, peas, capsicum etc. You can also add mushrooms, paneer etc. Cooked vegetables are blended with onion tomato gravy and special spice powder known as pav bhaji masala powder. The taste to the bhaji comes from this masala powder. There are many brands of this powder which is easily available in stores. You can also use homemade pav bhaji masala powder too.
Pav are fluffy bread rolls which are available in stores or you can also make them at home too. If you do not get these rolls, you can even go for our regular burger buns or bread slices too. Toast the pav generously with butter for an authentic taste.
There are many different variations to this popular street food called pav bhaji. You can prepare it with no onion-no garlic version, can replace potato with plantain, with grated cheese on hot bhaji etc. For vegan version, replace butter with oil and paneer if using with tofu.
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To cook bhaji:
½ cup green peas, fresh or frozen
½ cup cauliflower, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
6-8 french beans
1 green capsicum, chopped
2 onion, sliced
2- 3 tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
2 tbsp pav bhaji masala powder
2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
½ tsp lemon juice
10-12 pav rolls
Butter, as required
- Wash all the vegetables and chop them finely. In a pressure cooker, add chopped potatoes, cauliflower, carrot, french beans and green peas. Add 2 cups water to the veggies along with little salt and turmeric powder.
- Close the pressure cooker and cook for 3-4 whistles. Let the pressure release by itself. Open the cooker and mash the veggies slightly. Use a masher or backside of the ladle to mash the veggies. Veggies can be mashed completely to smooth or can have slight chunks in it too. Vegetables can be steamed using a steamer too.
- Heat a pan or kadai and add 2 tbsp butter. Add jeera and saute well till it crackles and changes its color. Add chopped onions and fry on a medium flame till it turns translucent.
- Add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes. Add chopped tomatoes and cook till it turns soft and butter release from the sides. Add chopped capsicum and fry for few minutes. Do not overcook capsicum.
- Now add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, pav bhaji masala powder and salt to taste. Mix well. Add more or less spice powders as required to suit your taste buds.
- Now add cooked and mashed vegetables. Mix well with the masala. You can add water if needed if the bhaji is thick.
- Let the bhaji cook on a medium flame for 5-8 minutes. Keep stirring in between to avoid it from sticking to the pan.
- Once bhaji is done, add chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice. Mix well and keep it aside.
- Now slice the pav rolls into half. Heat a pan and add 1 tbsp butter to it. When the butter starts to melt, place the pav buns over it and fry both sides for few seconds until light brown.
- Transfer the pav into a plate and repeat the process with the rest of the pav rolls too. Add butter as required.
- Transfer the prepared bhaji to a serving plate and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Top it with a cube of butter. Serve bhaji hot with fried pav along with onion slices and lemon wedges.
- You can use any vegetables of your choice to prepare bhaji. Can replace potato with plantain too.
- For vegan version, replace butter with oil.
- You can grate cheese on hot bhaji and can be served with pav buns too.
- Spice powders can be adjusted as required to suit your taste buds.
- Pav bhaji masala powder is easily available in stores. Use a good quality brand.
- Add butter as required while preparing bhaji and also while roasting pav buns.
- If you do not get pav buns, use regular burger buns. You can also serve bhaji with roasted bread slices too
- Pav bhaji can be served as a snack or as a meal too.
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