Pav bhaji – It is definitely one of the most famous Indian Street food. Generally made spicy it is loaded with veggies and is made with a generous amount of Butter. Though it is loved throughout the year winters are the best time to enjoy this because of all the vegetables that can be added to it. Just take a look at those Peas on top, you will understand what I am saying ;-):-)
we can have Pav Bhaji in breakfast, lunch, evening snack or even dinner. Such is our love for this yummy snack. kids even like taking this in their School lunch boxes or tiffins.
I always make this ahead of time. Like if we are planning to eat it at dinner I will make it in the afternoon. This helps in making this even yummier. It also makes Pav Bhaji a perfect dish to serve a big crowd like in kitty parties or kids birthday parties.
How to make Pav Bhaji
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 30-40 minutes
1 tbsp butter
2 onions finely chopped
1/2 capsicum chopped
1 tsp chopped green chili
3-4 garlic cloves minced or grated
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp pav bhaji masala
salt to taste
4 tomatoes finely chopped or pureed
1 tbsp butter ( optional. if you want you can avoid adding this butter
3 potatoes peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup cauliflower florets or roughly half small cauliflower
1 carrot peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 cup boiled peas
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
juice of a lemon
1 tbsp butter or more
12 pavs homemade or store-bought
to serve with
chopped green chilies
To make Pav Bhaji
Peel, wash and chop all the vegetables as mentioned. potato, cauliflower, and carrots will be boiled and then mashed so you can chop them roughly.
I puree tomatoes because that’s how my kids like it. You can either puree them or chop them finely.
Heat butter in a thick bottomed pan. Add chopped onions, capsicum, and green chilies. when onions are almost done add ginger and garlic. saute till onions turn translucent. Now goes in red chili powder and Pav Bhaji masala. pour in tomato puree or chopped tomatoes and let it cook on medium flame.
Boil or pressure cook potato, carrots, and cauliflower in water. you can add some salt also. Mash the veggies. I boil peas separately (because I don’t like to mash them)and add them in the end.
when tomatoes start leaving oil, add the mashed veggies to them. Add the salt now.
Cook for another 5-7 minutes. Add more water to get the desired consistency. you can add more butter also if you want rich Bhaji. when it’s almost done, add the boiled peas, and coriander leaves. Taste and check for salt and spices and add whatever is required. Add lemon juice just before serving the bhaji.
Heat butter in another pan. Slit the pav from middle and cook on both sides in butter. Again you can do this with very less butter or a good quantity of butter as you desire.
Serve Pav Bhaji Hot with onion slices and lemon wedges.