Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Pav bhaji - Mish-mash of cooked veggies!!!

In about every corner of the street you would find a food stall in India.Such is the popularity of the street food or chat. One of the most popular chat is Pav bhaji. Buttered pav buns are had with vegetables cooked in a rich tomato gravy that is nicely spiced and has a mild butter flavor.This modest street food from Maharashtra is no longer just a snack, its gaining popularity as a main course too.
The taste of the bhaji lies in the spices.Therefore, to get a delicious bhaji use a good pav bhaji masala (instead of garam masala).


Serves - 2
  • Potatoes                -  1 cup (boiled and mashed)
  • Onion                    -  3/4 cup (finely chopped)
  • Tomatoes              - 11/2 cups (pureed)
  • Mix vegetables      - 2 cups (finely chopped, boiled - carrot, cauliflower, peas)
  • Capsicum              - 1/3 cup (raw, finely chopped)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Cumin seeds          - 1 tsp
  • Pav bhaji masala    - 1 tbs
  • Turmeric powder
  • Coriander powder
  • Chilli powder
  • Salt
  • Butter, ghee or oil about 11/2 - 2 tbs (add at least half tbs of butter to get a nice flavor)


  1.  Heat butter, ghee or oil.
  2. Add cumin seeds. Once it splutters add ginger garlic, onion and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add capsicum, saute.
  4. Add tomato puree and cook till the raw smell goes (about 7 to 9 minutes).
  5. Add the boiled vegetables and half cup water, cook for a minute.
  6. Add the potatoes  and using a spatula mash the vegetables well (no lumps).
  7. Add salt, masala and the powders.
  8. Add water if needed and cook in slow flame for about 10 minutes.
  9. Serve hot with buttered pav buns, raw onions and lemon wedges( before serving sprinkle some pav bhaji masala on pav and butter on the bhaji :)).
1tbs is equal to 3 leveled tsp.

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